" For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song..." Psalm 137:3
This morning as I read psalm 137, I immediately thought, " What can I learn from this psalm today. It's so difficult to understand. " My attitude was one of a deep sigh. I wanted something easy to understand at the moment. Something that was plain and simple... with words that would immediately encourage me and give me the strength I needed for the day. I even thought to jump to the next psalm. Surely it would be more promising than the one I read...
Do you ever get the same thoughts as I do? Where you want to skip over a section ... because "there's nothing there"?
Ashamed, I went back and started re-reading the psalm. Surely God's WORD never fails.
As I began to meditate on the words I was reading, the LORD in His mercy brought food for my soul. There was a treasure I had quickly read over and completely missed the first time around.
Is it possible to sing a song ... in a strange land? In moments when held captive? Do we opt for "hanging up our harp" because we feel sad and helpless?
" We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof..."
Do we cry and weep when we remember moments in our lives when "everything was well"? Do we give up and forget God's goodness to us...
Such was the case with the Israelites... such is the case with us today. Woe to us if we forget God's lovingkindness...
" If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem let my right hand forget her skill.
If I do not remember Thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.
If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy...."
Psalm 137: 5-6
And so I was deeply encouraged by a Psalm I had "given up" on. How grateful I was to God who opened my eyes... to see my need to sing a song of praise... even in the midst of adversity. And to prefer Him above all chiefest earthly joys.
Thank you Lord... for your patience with me... and for steering me ever so gently to see the light.
Never hang up the harp...
And may you be encouraged today to lift your voice on high and praise the LORD with your whole heart.