It seems these days that most of the church is consumed with events of the world, whether it be politics, business, healthcare, sports, or entertainment, to the point that we have ‘hung up our harps.’ We no longer sing the Lord’s songs in this foreign land called planet earth. Many church worship services are no more than going to a rock concert, and as we cry, Holy Spirit come, He has left the building.
We are pilgrims and strangers in this world where we are supposed to be salt and light. Instead, our witness has become blighted and tainted with the bickering among the various groups in the Church. Our focus should continually be on the Lord Jesus Christ and His kingdom. The kingdoms of this world will become His soon enough, but we are supposed to be advancing His kingdom until that time.
Singing the Lord’s Song In a Foreign Land
The Church, or Kingdom of God citizens, is literally in a foreign land. The writer of Hebrews tells us that when we come into the kingdom of God, we are already, spiritually, in the City of the living God, the New Jerusalem, The Mount Zion from above, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant. (Hebrews 12:22-24) The list also includes the general assembly and church of the firstborn enrolled in heaven and the spirits of righteous men made perfect.
While that may be our home and our spirit is connected to it, we are still in a body connected to this earth, and as the days grow more wicked and darker, we will find it more and more difficult to sing the Lord’s songs here, in the earth!
We are like the exiles in the books of Daniel and Ezekiel. We are like those in Nehemiah and Ezra preparing to return to Mount Zion and build. We are building the kingdom of God in a world that hated our king and hates us as well. Consider the following verses from Psalm 137.
“By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. 2- We hung our harps upon the poplars 3- For there, our captors made us sing, and our tormentors made us entertain, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’ 4- How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5- If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill.” (MEV)
The Jewish exiles found it difficult to sing the songs of Zion in Babylon. Imagine being carried to a foreign land and living in exile. They were separated from Zion, where the Temple was located and worship of YHWH went on constantly. They longed for home.
Indeed, you have been homesick, and you wanted to sing the songs of your state or country. When I lived in Florida or Kansas City, we would take trips to Georgia to visit family. I longed to see my Georgia home, but it wasn’t until I saw the sign that said welcome to Georgia that I started singing Georgia On My Mind!
Likewise, we are citizens of heaven, and we long for heaven, and often we find ourselves singing the songs of Babylon. Notice the language used by the writer of Psalm 137. By the rivers of Babylon, we wept and hung our harps. It appears more and more that Christ-followers have laid down their harps and stopped singing the Lord’s songs. I don’t even think that we are mourning and longing for home, heaven.
We Must Pick Up Our Harps Now
Now is not the time for believers to weep by the rivers of Babylon. Yes, we long for Jesus’ return, and we can’t wait, but we must be diligent to work the tasks He has entrusted to us. Part of the work requires worship of our Lord Jesus here on the earth amid the chaos of the Babylonian system.
More than ever, the nations are longing to see the kingdom of Heaven come near in all of the earth. This is accomplished when we sing the songs of the Lord. When we bring the songs sung in heaven, we exalt Jesus, the Lamb of God, darkness trembles, demons flee, and cities, regions, and nations are transformed.
You don’t have to play an instrument to worship. You don’t have to be on stage leading worship or even in a prayer room. You can worship in your car, at Wal-Mart, Starbucks, or even at Quick Trip pumping gas. We take our daily worship into the Sunday morning assembly, and all of our worship arises together as a powerful instrument that brings down God’s glory.
If we don’t sing now, how will we overcome the dark days ahead? How will we come off victorious over the Anti-Christ rulers of this world?
Dark Days Demand The Lord’s Song
The darkness that continues to build in the earth will only be repelled, and a mighty Awakening/Revival occur with continuous night and day worship. As Biblical prophecy continues to unfold and we anticipate the King’s return, there will arise a final assault on the Kingdom of God and a last attempt to prevent the return of Jesus. I am not here to exalt the beast, his number, or his name but to remind you that it will arise, and there will be a generation alive that must face it and will overcome. We see this in Revelation 15:2.
The Songs of the Lord will strengthen the Church and enlarge the kingdom of Heaven. Worship will keep our focus on our King, bridegroom, and judge. Worship will exalt Jesus and clear the way for nations to sing their unique song that the Lord has for them. I believe that every nation, tribe, or people group has a song in heaven, and they need to be taught it by those willing to go and teach them. Then every nation will sing the song of the Lord here, in Babylon, and then around the throne.
Defining The Song Of The Lord
Singing on The Sea of Glass
Revelation 15:2 “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who have victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God,” (MEV)
Notice that these are standing on the sea of glass holding harps of God. These are the ones that had come from the last days’ battles victorious. We are facing only a fraction of what is coming. Whatever the enemy throws our way, we must stand on the sea of glass with a harp of God. How can we do that now? The same way we approach the throne of grace. Our spirit is connected there. We come before him in spirit.
“They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the lamb, saying, ‘ Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4- who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For you alone are holy; For nations shall come and worship before thee, for they judgments have been revealed.” (MEV)
Finally, we read that they sang the song of Moses and the Lamb. The song of Moses is recorded in its fullest in Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 32. The Exodus 15 version brings worship to God for defeating His and Israel’s enemies, like those in Revelation 15 have reason to sing.
The Song of the Lamb describes the worthiness of Jesus, the lamb, and how all of the nations will come and worship around the throne.
Worthy, Righteous, and Just
If for no other reason, we should always worship because He is worthy!
No matter what hell may throw at us, or what setbacks, defeats, and sickness we face, Jesus is always worthy.
He is righteous, and as the last stanza reveals, His righteous acts have been revealed.
Don’t stop worshipping and ask the Lord for your song. Cry out to Him, and let the Holy Spirit sing through you, giving you a new song.
We are vessels made to worship, so let’s pick up our harps and sing the songs of the Lord!!