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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inspired by . . . Sing to Jesus: Day 17

Continuing the #write31day challenge  . . . you can find the entire series here.

Today's Reading:

Today's Offering:

Psalm 137 ends with some rather graphic language that is likely to offend our genteel sensibilities. Few of us living in first-world countries can relate to having our homeland overthrown, being captured and taken away in exile. The graphic language here helps us understand the depth of loss the Israelites experienced and hints at the brutality of the Babylonians.

This psalm always brings Daniel (of Daniel and the lion's den) to my mind and it is within his story that God's true purpose and teaching bare itself out. Daniel was one of the exiles brought to Babylon as a young man. But unlike the Israelites in Psalm 137, Daniel did not "lay down his lyre". Using the wisdom God gave him, Daniel remained loyal to his God and lived, even flourished in a pagan land.

There is a great lesson here for us, beloved. The more evil and chaotic our society becomes, the more I want to retreat. But that is not what God would have us do. Daniel's life it a testimony and a great source of wisdom and insight for us in the Babylon of today.

There are two other psalms I'd like you to spend time with today. Psalm 107 gives a faithful account of God's mercy and redemption in a variety of situations. Maybe you'll find yourself in these verses? 

And finally, let us clap our hands and sing aloud, sing Psalm 47 to Jesus.

How awesome is the Lord Most High, great King over all the earth!


PS If you're interested in a study of Daniel, I highly recommend Alistair Begg's And He Shall Reign sermons. You can find them here. Free downloads are available.

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