How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?
This morning, when talking with my friend, I realized that many young people and even adults who are dealing with issues or just simply recalling God’s blessings of the past are asking this question, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137)
Many in our country and throughout the world are confused, overwhelmed, and even saddened by the frequent occurrences of floods and fires, shootings, frustration, and discrimination which we read about and experience, in this generation.
We are wondering and pondering on the thought of how can we comprehend, explain, rebuild, restore or bear the hardships of the results of these catastrophic events in our history. How can we even attempt to feel the joy of the Lord in this present age? While the generations of seniors and baby boomers are remembering the way it once was, generations X, Y and Z are asking the question , “What is going on in the here and now?
We see the older generations hanging their harps upon the willows in a place of of lamentation, while the young people are carried away into a place of exploration. The older generations find themselves whining and weeping, while the younger generations are searching and seeking. “Where is God in all of this”, they ask. One servant has answered, My dear children, “He is where He has always been –infinitely sitting on His throne of righteousness and judgment.”
… I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight, “says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24
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I was so excited when God said He would use me to bless millions of young people in “This” generation. Will I be speaking in great auditoriums, huge stadiums? How will you do this, Lord? Where will you send me? Much to my surprise, I saw God use me “one” soul at a time in my own backyard.
Within a few days, young relatives, friends and even strangers began to reach out to me with various questions and situations (all from generations X,Y, and Z.) Normally, most of my time was spent engaging in conversation and activities with the traditional seniors, baby boomers, if you will, but not now. God had staged a switch-a roo. You know those times when you think you are on the right track doing exactly what God wants you to do. Then, all of a sudden, He sends a fresh wind that knocks you off of your feet and sweeps you in an entirely new direction. You get up and find yourself asking the question, “What just happened here?”
Well, that is exactly where I am, now. When this happens, all you can do is just say, “Lord here am I! Send me, Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
O God you have taught me from my youth,
And to this day I declare your wondrous works,
Now when I am old and gray headed,
O God do not forsake me, until I declare
your strength to this generation;
Your power to everyone to come.
Also , your righteousness, O God is very high.
You have done great things! Psalm 71:17-19
How Old Are You?
This is a question that is asked many times throughout our lifetime.
And it is a question that has many answers depending who you are and how you feel about age. Some answer, well, “I am as young as I feel.” Others will say, “I don’t discuss my age, it is not important.”
But God says that age is important. God says, I knew you in my mother’s womb.
The days of our lives are three score and ten, by fourscore.