Alright, I'm still on a Switchfoot kick...so one more song by Switchfoot this week called, "Where I Belong." This was a new song to me at the Concert, it's the last song on their new album Vice Verses. They played this song for one of the encores that night. Jon Foreman introduced it by saying that though he hopes this doesn't happen for a really long time, he wants this to be the last song that the band plays in their final performance.
Several thoughts come to mind when I hear this song. First, I realized that I don't know much about Babylon.
Until I die I'll sing these songs, on the shores of Babylon....
What do they mean by that? Babylon has a very long and complex history, and is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, initially in the Genesis 11 story where the people of earth were building a tower to heaven and God decided to confound the language and scatter people throughout the earth. Babylon became the greatest city in the ancient world back in the time period around 600 years before Christ. If I were to attempt to summarize it's history in one sentence...Babylon was the greatest city in the world and eventually fell to abandoned ruins.
So you could interpret this line in the song, singing from the shores of Babylon, as a comparison between Babylon and the modern world....what greatness we have achieved, but over time that greatness is slipping away.
What drew my attention to this song initially are the words:
May you have a week filled with blessings and a mindset bringing you closer to God, bringing Him glory. God Bless!