22I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
23My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
24My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Let There Be Music!
Music is often known as the heart-blood of each generation; each generation seems to have songs which are uniquely theirs. In many ways, our teen years define who we are for the rest of our lives. The songs we listened to then, will always hold a deep nostalgia for us, helping us to remember the unique struggles and choices we made which led us to where we are today.
For Christians, music also holds a place deep in our hearts giving us the ability to express our great love for God in our own unique way. That music can bring great gladness and joy or great sadness. Such was the case in Psalm 137.
2We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3For 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.
4How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land. (Psalm 137:2-4, King James Version)
As the nation of Israel was led away captive, their captors required a song. Yet how could they sing the songs of Zion in a strange land? At times like this, the songs of the Lord can bring great sadness as we contemplate former times when our life was filled with joy, and God seemed so close to us. Music then remains a precious reminder of the joy and love we find in Christ alone.
Did the Israelites remain in captivity? No!
9No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:9-10, King James Version)
Just as God delivered the Israelites from captivity, so He delivers us from the difficulties and sorrows of this life, and when He does, it is the songs of Zion which will bring gladness to our very hearts and souls.
What a precious gift God has given to us in the gift of music. As you go about the duties of this day, let there be music! May the songs of God bring joy and peace to your hearts!
God Bless You,