The Good Ole Days

Good Ole Days

Today’s Reading – Psalms 133 – 139 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Matthew 23 – 24; Psalms 56 – 60; Proverbs 12)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 55:17

Read the “0712 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading – “Unity“.

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive 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?” (Psalms 137:1-4)

Psalm 137 is a very sad psalm written after the Israelites had lost their land, and had been taken into captivity by the Babylonians. In this psalm they are remembering the good ole days, when they were safe and secure inside of their borders, and when they had the freedom and privelege to worship and serve God freely. But, that was all gone. As a nation, they had forsaken God’s word, neglected His worship, and had allowed all of the wicked practices of the heathen to enter in. Though God had warned them of the consequences many times through His prophets, the people just would not listen, so God had to judge them. In this psalm, they are looking back, and wishing that they could go back and do things differently.

I see a prophetic parallel to America in this psalm. I believe if we continue down the path that we are travelling as a nation, we too will lose everything, and will one day be looking back in regret, wishing we could go back and re-do things. We have not lost everything yet, but we can see the hand of God’s judgment beginning to fall upon this once great nation. It doesn’t have to happen though. We could repent, and go back to what we were when we were founded. Of course, we had some problems back then as well, and I do not advocate that we do everything exactly as we did then, but I do believe we need to put God back on the throne in this land. Our nation has become a godless, corrupt, and extremely immoral place. We have come to accept and even promote many things which God has declared to be evil. We are forsaking the houses of God’s worship, and instead are consumed with chasing possessions and pleasure. If we keep going, someday soon it will all be gone. But then, we will remember. I guess it won’t be all bad, though, because while we are remembering what we lost, we also will remember God. Just a thought.

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C. Stahl
C. Stahl
2 years ago

When I read a lot of the Psalms, I also can’t help but think of our country. We are so like Israel in the matters of our nation being blessed by God, Simmons against Him, His warning us and our continual Disobedience to Him. Great thought. Amen.

Ed D.
Ed D.
2 years ago

Amen Pastor, a sad thing to see the U.S. going down the same road as the Israelites did. Micah 6:8

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
1 year ago

Amen Pastor so true.I can see the end of are
great nation just over the horizon if it does not get back to God and humble itself.

4 months ago

Amen Pastor.As i look at the comments from two year’s ago and my comment from one year ago since then the state of our nation has dropped drastically, crime is at a all time high immorality is at a all time high gasoline has has doubled the price of food has gone up they’re teaching our kids it’s ok to be a homosexual and to be called by a name of the opposite sex also pushing for socialism.The seed of deviation if I may say has been planted some years back and now is growing wildly. But all in all we are still the greatest nation in the world compared to other nations.We have a lot more freedom than they do and we are living a lot more comfortably than the are.We are aloud to practice our faith freely and carry our Bibles openly without being persecuted.You might ask what can we do about the state of our nation,I would say pray pray and pray for revival for our nation and our churches. As Bible believing Christians we need to get out to this dying world and reach them with the gospel of the lord Jesus Christ and take our eyes off the problems of this nation and turn our eye upon Jesus and look for the eternal.And don’t forget Our God is in control.Like the post.

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