He Gave His Life to Us, for Us, Now We Can Sing
II Corinthians 5:17
Israel, in short, had an easier time than we do with the "us and them" scenario. In fact, three times in the opening couple of verses of Psalm 137 the psalmist throws in the loaded word "there." There in Babylon they wept, there they hung up their harps, there they were tormented. The psalmist wants to hammer home the fact that Israel was over
there and not home where they belonged. It was all fairly clear-cut for Israel.
And it was a strange land and they could not sing the songs of Zion there. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" It is a question that has no answer.
Maybe their favorite hymn was A great Christian hymn says, "I have a song that Jesus gave me, it was sent from Heaven above; there never was a sweeter melody, Tis a melody of love."
God intended for them to be his conduit. These Israelites had the ministry of reconciliation. They knew Jehovah and they could have said we want you to know Him. You need to be reconciled to Him. They could have sung the song in a strange land and they could have shouted the victory.
They could have done their worship and they could have share their faith but their temple was gone therefore our faith is gone, their treasures were gone therefore our faith is gone.
Our nation has become a strange land because for the first time the terrorist have got the kind of weapons that can destroy the whole human race.
It is a strange land when two little boys are kidnapped while playing in front of their homes. It is strange land when practically on every street corner there are mind altering and addictive drugs available to whosoever will.
It is a strange land when men want to married men and women want to marry women
And it is a strange land when better than fifty percent of all of our marriages end up in divorce.
And it is strange land when there is a major crime committed every two minutes. It ...
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