Posted by: peebles | January 29, 2008

Psalm 137:1 (NIV)By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Psalm 137:1 (NIV)By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 

In 1978, the musical pop group Boney M. had their biggest year, and released a new single, “Rivers of Babylon“.  
The Bible says in Psalm 137:1 to 4 (NIV) By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept  when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, `Sing us one of the songs of Zion!` How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
 
Someone once said, “You are only as close to God as we want to be. If we feel far from God, guess who moved?” I have often thought if all the backsliders came back to church tomorrow, the churches would be filled. I have known many people who for some reason or another have walked away from the lord. You don`t have to tell a backslider that they need to return to the Lord, because inside they know that all too well.
In their captivity to sin, their captors say, “Did you not once go to this or that church? Were you not once a Christian? Come now entertain us with one of these old time hallelujah religious songs.”  
The world will salute an ex-General, they will give an ex-President respect. But an ex-Christian they will mock and despise.
The Bible says in Psalm 137:1 (NIV) We sat and wept when we remembered Zion. When certain people remember what true joy they once had, what true Abba Father love they
once enjoyed. If they are honesty with themselves, inside their hearts they weep and long to go back to their Fathers house, just like the prodigal son.
Psalm 137:4 (NIV)  says, “How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?”  Then how can backsliders truly sing about the joy of the Lord, the victory of
Jesus over sin, in the clubs, bars and pubs of the world while drinking and loose living ?
The Amplified Bible  says in Isaiah 55:7 ” Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon “.
It is time to return to the Lord in repentance, confessing your sin and asking for His forgiveness. Imagine that you are facing south, repentance is about turning all the way round until your are facing north. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
 
When the people of Israel did this, God heard their cry and forgave their sin. This is what Psalm 126:1 to 3 (NIV) says God did for them. ” When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, `The LORD has done great things for them.`The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy “.  
With loving compassion he brought them back. This Psalm is called the song of ascents. They once more sang to the Lord with joy as they came to his house as they ascended up the steps to the house of God. They dreamed great dreams for God once more, their mouths were filled laughter and with his praise, for the Lord has done great things for them.
 
My friend, if you feel far from the Lord, then return to Him today. Let him restore your joy and the peace you once had in your heart, that you may return to his house once more. May you pick up your harps which you once hung on the poplars, and let Him restore your song and say like the people Israel, “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy “. 
 
God bless you my friend, Matthew

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