BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON
Woke up the Bank holiday morning, while lying on the bed
allowing my mind to ruminate freely, the words ‘by the rivers of Babylon, where
we sat down, o yea we wept when we remembered Zion’, came to my mind.
I first learnt those words as part of a Bob Marley song; I
subsequently learnt that they were actually part of scripture.
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down,
yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song;
and they that wasted us required of us mirth,
saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the Lord’s song
in a strange land?”
(Psalm 137 verses 1-4)
When thing are not quite going right in our lives we all tend to have the desire to sit
down and have a pity-party. Life is not fair and I have the rawest deal of all!…
Like the Israelites in Psalm 137 we can hang our harps and our voices and
refuse to praise the Lord in a strange land.
However our Father has a higher calling for us,
in the bleak, frustrating and seemingly helpless moments it’s
His desire that we search our souls, dig into the deep recesses of our hearts
and spring forth in song to the one who can and will make things
Jesus has promised us all sorts of blessings which we are often quick to claim,
that’s the way it should be.
Believe it or not however one of the things Jesus has promised us as believers
is persecutions. Trouble, trials and temptations will come but the Lord wants
us to be strong to stand firm in the midst of perils, so that He can boast
about us, just like He boasted about Job.
Don’t let that scare you, I believe we won’t have to endure all the things Job
went through but we are going to feel the boat rocking and when those times come
may we make our Saviour proud!
Maybe the Lord wasn’t just talking to me about the rivers of Babylon,
maybe it was about a greater mass of water, like,
like the sea in which Osama bin Laden was buried. For that was the news
that popped out at me as I switched on my PC that sunny morning. One less ‘terrorist’
in the world, Praise God, and what may I ask is the global impact? Well apart from
some form of closure for the 3,000 or so families who lost loved one in the
9/11 bombing and a couple of hours of rejoicing at ‘Ground Zero’, the effect on
our global village seems to be minimal.
There is however one solitary man
who walked the face of this earth and the entire universe it yet to
recover. Some love Him and some love to
hate Him, but it is all about Him! His name is Jesus and if we allow Him He
will make our world a truly better place.
Please smile because of a truth He