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WHAT SONG DO YOU SING


memorialday3CrossWhat song do you sing? Are you singing the songs of the United States? Or are you singing the songs of Zion?

In Babylon, Judah wept and quit singing, as we see in Psalm 137

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!” O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! (Psalm 137:1-9)

While we are shocked by the last few lines of this Psalm, we can certainly understand their question: “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?”

Yet, that is exactly what God calls us to do. You see, as children of God, we are citizens of Heaven. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ….” (Php 3:20). Also, speaking of His disciples, Jesus said, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:16). 

So, what song do we sing? Where is our loyalty? To America? Or to Heaven?

While we can (and should) pray for America and love it, we must not love America more than we love God. Our loyalty to the Kingdom of Heaven must exceed our loyalty to the land of our birth. New birth takes precedence over natural birth.

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