Daily Devotional For Today 28 June 2022: Inspirational Message and Prayer
Read Daily Devotional For Today 28 June 2022
Topic: I Remember
Scripture: Psalm 137:5-6
The exiles in Babylon were being forced to sing “Yahweh’s” songs and they were really not happy! Every time they sang of Jerusalem, of God’s goodness they were reminded of what they had lost.
Music is an interesting force in our lives even if we’re not aware of it. Think about when you were first in school, how did you learn the alphabet? I bet you sang the letters. Music can trigger memories either good or not. Why is it that couples have “their” song?
And if the couple breaks up, that same song is painful to hear rather than joyous. For the Israelites their liturgical songs, their victory songs, all brought awareness of the fact that they were in exile because they had abandoned their God. This singer vows that he would rather lose his hands – that play the instrument – and his tongue – his ability to sing – than to give in to his captors. Daily Devotional For Today 28 June 2022
The hymns we sing in our churches are prayers. Just as the book of Psalms was and is the hymnal and prayer book for the Jewish people. The hymns, more than sermons last in our memories. If you don’t believe me, try to remember the last three sermons you heard, and then remember your three favorite hymns. We remember “In the Garden” when we need to be comforted by God’s presence; “Rock of Ages” reminds us of God’s saving acts.
“Let There Be Peace on Earth” is an anthem that gatherings in churches and in communities unite to sing as a prayer of hope. I’m sure you can think of other hymns that have meaning for you. Think of how you would feel if you were in exile and were forced to sing these songs by your captors so that they could mock you.
And then how you would feel if all of this was your own fault. The psalms have been kept alive for us so that we can relate to our ancestors in faith and know that we have a God who understands us as he understood them.
Prayer For Today
Lord, may the music of our hearts bring us ever closer to you and remind us of the great love you have for us. Amen.
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