THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 63: Part II: Psalms 137: Although We May Cry Our Tears Are Of Joy As We Pray
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: I cried at midnight pleading that I would forever lean and depend on the Lord. So much confusion exists as the world works a mysterious magic of robbing the hearts and minds of those that have come under the Word. However, we come not with any manner of consolation to those that have willfully allowed Satan to unlock the door to their hearts thus allowing their minds to go to waste. Surely there is no special calling among those that keep God first. This is the mission for all that profess to love Christ and accept Him as their Savior. There is no way to God the Father without Christ.
In Prayer we called out God in the name of Jesus. Some though said these words but had something else in mind as their hearts were entangled with doubt and service to things and not what is divine and Holy.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
We come this day, yesterday and tomorrow never doubting the Lord. He has placed many captive souls in places to reflect and grow in the Spirit. We bear witness to this as we look back, now and beyond. I cried but my tears were of joy but they began in the rain.
We will now continue our discussion taken from Psalms 137. We will resume our discussion at verse 7.
Psalms 137: 7: “Remember, O Lord the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem: who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.”
Most of the times those that are enemies of the righteous wish for the worst in life for those victimized. Shame on blame the victim as the not so wise believe they prosper. The Jews at this place turn to a revengeful mind-set as they wished a great tragedy to befall their enemies. Let the record show that the word “rase” means to wreck a city and this is what the Jews wished to be brought upon those that stood against them.
At Jeremiah 49 verses 7-22 we see an in-depth discussion on the Edomites. The Jews were descended from Jacob and the Edomites from his twin brother, Esau. Both of these nations descended from their father Isaac. Down through Biblical history these two nations were in constant conflict. Also Edom rejoiced and gained great pleasure at the fall of Jerusalem.
At Ezekiel 25 verses 12-14 we see a discussion on the prophecy against Edom. This chapter is a stark and realistic message to the various foreign pagan nations that surrounded Israel, Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia. The Edomites were blood brothers of the Jews. At Genesis 25: 19-26 we see the first reference regarding their ancestry. Meanwhile Edom shared a northern border with Israel. In many cases throughout history nations that border each other have had on-going disputes.
Psalms 137: 8: “O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.” (Also see Jeremiah 25: 12. At verses 1-14 the prophet prophesies about the captivity. This was Jeremiah’s 12th sermon on the seventy-year captivity).
Here the prophesy is rendered by the Jews regarding the destruction of the Babylonians.
At Isaiah 13 as a cross reference for our previous verse we submit this entire chapter of 22 verses as a prophecy against Babylon. Thus, the Lord had a specific judgment for the heathen nations. Meanwhile the people of God had many dealings with heathen nations. Therefore the prophets were often called upon to write concerning them. They often wrote of their impending doom and also made notes on admonition and predictions concerning their fate. Long before Babylon became a world power the prophet Isaiah had spoke of its condemnation. Who comes to condemn the heathens today? Will their fate be noted in inspiration or in song?
As we continue to note the prophesy as recorded by Isaiah regarding Babylon we now turn to Isaiah 46 and the 13 verses found there. Here we find the prophecy regarding the destruction of Babylon and its idols. Again we note that the prophet Isaiah predicted the fall of Babylon almost 150 years before it fell. Meanwhile Babylon would soon emerge as a world power. However, Almighty God used Babylon for His good. God used Babylon to punish his sinful people. For the record Babylon was not given victory based on their superiority etc. but because this was God’s plan. It was God’s plan for Jesus Christ our Savior to go to the Cross. No Roman army or any man or king had the power to crucify Christ unless allowed to by God the Father. In all cases and in all times God has the ultimate power. This is good as many are besieged by man.
At Jeremiah 50 all 46 verses deal with the defeat of Babylon. We know that God used Babylon to chastise His people. But did God tolerate the hostile attitude of the heathen nations against the Jews? Babylon is also called Chaldea in history. This nation was one of the first great world empires. Although God’s people may deserve punishment God looks on at the hostile and wicked nature of the attitude of those that seek to punish His people. How can God allow something’s to happen and measure them in severity? Are you responsible for your own behavior? What of the free-will to love and not hate. All of the heathens did not hate. Did some come to Christ?
Continue reading beloved at chapter 51 as all of the verses there (64) note the destiny of Babylon which is the destruction of the empire. As Jeremiah predicts the destruction of Babylon the writer often renders his message in figurative word usage as this is the way of most of the prophetic writings. Persia thus rose as a mighty strong wind to crush those that had mis-used God’s people to rise no more.
Now for our last and final verse from our primary scripture taken from Psalms 137.
Psalms 137: 9 “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”
War was very crude and brutal in ancient times. In fact war has never moved in humane circles. The youth were also killed to avoid them rising up against their enemies as they grew older. (See II Kings 8: 12 for a note on this). Children were the soldiers and warriors of the future and to them was the sword felt also.
Our final cross references comes from a previously mentioned scripture taken from Isaiah 13 regarding the prophet’s judgment against the heathens. Look with us at verse 16.
Isaiah 13: 16: “Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”
Who will come and stand against the Babylon’s today? God is still in the eternal blessing business. However many deny, do not admit are unaware that traces of Babylon will be forever on this side.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 11 April 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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