The word “sojourner” has always fascinated me. The word sojourn comes from a Latin word that literally means “under a day” and more broadly means “a temporary stay.” A Google books search reveals the word’s use peaked in the mid 1800’s then steadily decreased until the 1970’s when it jumped up and then jumped again in 2000. What does this tell us? Throughout our culture, at times, it’s been popular to be a traveller or sojourner.
In 2015, Chris Stapleton’s major debut was with the song/album Traveller. He writes “I’m just a traveler on this earth, Sure as my heart’s behind the pocket of my shirt, I’ll just keep rolling till I’m in the dirt, ‘Cause I’m a traveler, oh, I’m a traveler”.
Sure it’s a catchy tune and more importantly a reminder as Christians we are “strangers in a strange land”. These songs reveal a need to move and yet no hope of where they’re going.
Psalms 119:54 (NLT) states “Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived.” Have different seasons in your life been marked by a theme song? Mine certainly have. How often were these songs His decrees? Ouch, guilty, growth opportunity alert.
“Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” Psalms 119: 54, 71 (ESV)
Good for me that I was afflicted. Good for me that circumstances beyond my control remind my spirit this world is not my home. Good for me and my heart to know there’s a God-shaped hole only He can fill. Good for me to know loneliness, anger, hurt, rejection to bring me to the One who experienced all that and more on my behalf.
May every theme song I choose be filled with your truth, promises, and hope. “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.” Psalms 119:147
“Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” Psalms 119:111 That is a song worth singing, fellow sojourners!