Today is Saturday, July 4, 2020 and welcome to our PCC Pastoral Reflections where we share words of encouragement and inspiration to face the weekend.
“Sing Even If…” Psalms 137 (NIV) Dr. Marc Rivera
“1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy. 7 Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!” 8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. 9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
INTRO: This particular psalm is an angry song of lament or complaint because of the difficult and painful journey. Its verses contain fleeting moments of moaning against God. This psalm is part of a larger body of biblical songs that expresses the raw uncontrolled human emotion of anger and complete discontent. This psalm gives us a glimpse not so much at the disrespectful attitude of Israel, but rather at the profound benevolence of a merciful and gracious God.
REFLECTION: 1) It is difficult to sing in times of prolonged captivity. 2) At times, the human condition draws us to point the finger of blame at others, even though they might be innocent. 3) It seems like all hope for joyous singing is gone, so why sing! 4) Yet, it is precisely at times of lament that we must find our voice again. 5) Surprise your foes: bring down the harp from the willow tree and sing! 6) Rise above the pain and suffering and sing! 7) Don’t let silence define tomorrow; sing in such times to a loving God!
QUESTIONS TO PONDER: 1) Have I been overwhelmed with pressure, anxiety, and stress to such a point that I am silently sad most of the time? 2) Has the feeling to just surrender been my constant companion recently? 3) Do I overindulge in dwell so much on the happy times of yesterday, that I cannot be present to enjoy today with my loved ones?
CONSIDERATIONS: 1) Sing even if you don’t feel it, want to, or have the strength. 2) Sing praise to God who knows your situation better than you do. 3)Make the decision to flip the switch and change the atmosphere from doom to bloom.
“Dear God, life can be overwhelming at times for me. Please accept my confession today because of the sacrifice of Christ. Forgive my distraction toward things that are not that important. Help me to recommit and celebrate your goodness in my life. You have been patiently gracious with me. Help me to sing today. In Christ, Amen!” ... See MoreSee Less
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