Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 137:1-9. In Psalm 137 the Psalmist speaks of the children of Israel sitting by the rivers of Babylon weeping and remembering Zion. Their captives mocked them by trying to get them to sing the songs of Zion. They asked, “How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?”
Can you imagine how they must have felt? Their city had been destroyed and they were taken into captivity for seventy years. Think about it, if they were twenty when the captivity began they would have been ninety when they were allowed to return to Jerusalem, if they lived that long.
The Psalmist says, if we forget Jerusalem let our right hand be maimed and our tongues cleave to the top of our mouths. They remembered how the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and how they were captured. They had to hold onto their faith; it was all they had. They trusted God to help them during this time.
Has there ever been a time in your life when all you had to hang onto was your faith in God? Did you cling to your faith that He would see you through the difficult times in life? How about faith that He loved you regardless of your circumstances? Did you have faith in God that He would work all things out for your good and His glory? Sometimes it’s hard to do, but sometimes that is all we have to hang onto. It is the only hope we have in this life when things are tough.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
Things to think about:
- What would it be like to be captive in a strange land?
- Can you imagine your city being destroyed? How would it make you feel?
- Can you imagine being mocked and ridiculed for your faith? How would you respond?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 137 where the Psalmist reminds us of the children of Israel’s great sadness during their time of captivity. They longed for You and to be in their own homes once again. They missed their city and mourned because of its destruction. Help us to be grateful for what we have and how we are blessed. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
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