The Spirituals: Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Series: Dance to the Music
Psalm 137 NLT
1 Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept
as we thought of Jerusalem.
2 We put away our harps, hanging them on the
branches of poplar trees.
3 For our captors demanded a song from us.
Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: “Sing
us one of those songs of Jerusalem!”
4 But how can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a pagan land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand
forget how to play the harp.
6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make
Jerusalem my greatest joy.
7 O Lord, remember what the Edomites did
on the day the armies of Babylon captured
Jerusalem. “Destroy it!” they yelled. “Level it to
the ground!”
8 O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the
one who pays you back for what you have
done to us.
9 Happy is the one who takes your babies and
smashes them against the rocks!
Colossians 3:16 NLT
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness,
fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other
with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful
The spirituals are the first indigenous MUSIC
created in the United States and the ROOTS of
popular music today.
I. The spirituals were BIBLICALLY
II. The rhythm of spiritual comes
out of AFRICA.
• SATAN or PHAROH was the people
oppressing them
• JESUS was anyone who helped them
• HELL was the south
• JORDON was the push to be free
• HEAVEN was the north or Canada

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