Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 26, 2013

How can we sing the LORD’s song?

Sitting here at the table this morning, my thoughts continue to go to the family that just lost their son to Leukemia.  I had just read Psalm 137 and thought it was truly a blessing to me.

In this Psalm, the Israelites had been captured and were being exiled to Babylon.  During their journey to Babylon, verse 1 tells us: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.”  The situation is not the same but the emotion is.  The Israelites had just lost their homeland and were being carried off to some foreign land; they were in deep sorrow.  This family has just lost their son to the sting of death, their sorrow is deep also.

Verse 4 of this psalm says: “How can we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land?”  Their captors were demanding them to sing their songs of worship to the LORD.  But they couldn’t bring themselves to do it, their sorrow was so great.  Is this family able to sing songs of joy right now? No.  It is a time of great sadness.

And it is ok to be sad and mourn.  But we can remember the LORD our God, and remember that He alone is faithful to all His promises.  He promises to comfort us in our time of sorrow.  He promises His divine presence to be with us as we go on this journey. How can we sing the LORD’s song? By trusting Him and drawing near, allowing Him to comfort and console us during this sad time.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am almost beyond words with sadness for this family as they have lost their son to the dreaded and hated disease of cancer.  LORD please bring, peace, hope, comfort and strength to all his family and friends this day as they mourn his passing.  Someday we will again be able to sing songs of joy.  Thank you LORD Jesus! In your precious and Holy name, Amen.



  1. …and, Joy comes in the morning…

  2. Amen! Wonderful, grandma 🙂 have blessed evening.

    • Busy, busy day, finally slowing down. Hope you have a great day today! Love you! 🙂

      • Hi grandma, Good evening.
        Woow got busy time?? Well ok I pray that everything will fine for you and Larry. Love yoy too,grandma! Have a blessed evening.

  3. Amen

  4. Just like taxes and death are the only two certainties for this temporal world, our Lord’s continuous presence with us and an eternity with Him awaiting us are two glorious certainties that can be claimed by God’s people.

    How it changes the way we view everything in this life! Although the sorrowful times will still be upon us, we know He is with us and will work out all things for our good and His glory.

    Toni, thanks for a wonderful reminder of His presence in times of need.

  5. Amen. May the God of all comfort do so for this family and community. blessings, Toni, for your kind heart toward them.

    • Thanks Sue. It sure is hard to lose someone; but a young man with all his life in front of him, it’s tough. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  6. BEAUTIFUL writing and commitment as well as testimony !

    • Thank you, I am humbled by your very kind remarks. I will give all the credit to the LORD as He puts these thoughts upon my heart and all I can do is be obedient and share them, joyfully!

  7. Toni,
    Great reminder and a beautiful prayer. Thank you for showing your heart.

  8. And amen.


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