“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering and abounding in goodness and truth” - Exodus 34:6 (NIV)
There is a famous hit song you may have heard by an old famous pop group, Bonney M, that goes like this, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat. Yeah we wept when we remembered Zion.”
That song is acutely drawn with those very words from Psalm 137:1.
The journey of the Israelis was harsh as they trudged from the land of oppression to the promised land. It took far longer than imagined, mostly a result of rebelliousness which brought on them the wrath of God. But then the same journey had also some good moments. Like the times of the fall of manna and quail from the heavens which the children of God feasted upon. “At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know I am the Lord your God” (Exodus 16:12).
Perhaps as a result of all this, in remembrance, came up Psalm 137:1. In the following Psalm King David would write, “I give you thanks with all my heart...I bow down toward your holy name” (Psalm 138: 1-2).
May we never cease to remember the goodness of the Lord that has led us this far!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham in heaven, I stand thankful of your goodness which has led me this far!