Harps in the Willows

Weekly     Sabbath Survey
Harps in the Willows  —  5-11-13
by David Wilkerson
 
They that carried us away required of us a     song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, “Sing us one of     the songs of Zion.”  How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a     strange land? (Psalm 137:3-4).
When Israel fell     into Babylonian bondage, their captors cried to them, “Sing for us! Play for     us! We’ve heard all about you and what your God did for you. Now take     out your tambourines and bring out your harps. Play us a song. Show us your     joy in your God!” [How could they sing in this strange place of     captivity where there was only despair, depression and homesickness?     -crm]
I do not believe this demand to sing was made only in     mockery. I believe it was also a pitiful plea. The Babylonian gods had left     them empty and dry. They had no hope. But they had heard of Israel     singing to their God, a God who had seen them through impossible     circumstances. They said, “These people have a God who can open a sea for     them. His fire comes down from heaven, and He stands against their enemies.     There’s got to be something to this God of theirs!”
Like all the     world, they wanted to see a people who endured the same problems they     endured and faced the same battles they faced, yet could sing and shout and     hold their faith in the darkest of hours!  The Babylonians demanded a     song because there is something in every person’s heart that cries out,     “Where on the face of the earth is something that can make you sing even     when you’ve lost everything?” They needed a testimony! It is important that     the children of God, wherever they are at whatever time, sing the songs of     Zion: “God, I believe You, no matter what is happening!”
The world is     shouting to us, “You can show us a miracle! It isn’t the Red Sea opening up     that impresses us. It’s not seeing the blind given sight or the lame healed.     It’s that you can look at the darkest hour of your life, a situation that’s     hopeless to all human reasoning, and yet smile with joy, singing praises to     God. That’s the miracle we want to see.”
 
By the rivers of Babylon we sat down, yes,     and we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps on the willows     there.  Psalm 137:1-2
 
With     all my heart I believe this could be the MOST important End Times word that     Brother David has delivered to the Saints.  Our faith and the joyful     manifestation of it is the ONLY difference between us and the rest of     humanity.  We have the same faults and foibles as they do — the     weakness of our flesh.  But, we serve a God who OWNS strength.      When times get really tough, we must not give in to sniveling and     whining.  We must Sing the Songs of Zion, give praise unto God and     shout the name of Jesus, the one who sets the captives     free.  Please read all of Psalm     137 and see the ‘times’ both then and now.  We must     encourage ourselves in the Lord at all times.  We     serve the Holy One of Israel, the Ancient of Days.  Give     Him praise and thanksgiving for ALL the mighty works He has done     and for the marvelous PLAN He has for us in eternity.  He is the One     who will never leave us, never forsake us.  We must never,     ever hang our harps in the willow tree.  ~crm
 
    

    

    

Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus     Messiah  
Forward any     WSS you feel has merit. (without changes, please)  
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