It is hard to sing for your enemies

Psalms Bible Background

08.28.2015 Old Testament: Psa 137.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 136–138 on August 28, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

One of the saddest times in the history of Israel was when the Lord sent them, in particular, Judah, to Babylon, after Babylon had crushed Jerusalem and Judah. Then the Jews suffered more humiliation when their captors taunted them,

By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
(Psalm 137.1–3) 

Imagine if someone captured you and then asked you to sing one of the songs that you used to sing when you were free and enjoying life. When life changes from gladness to sadness, it has changed from a time of singing to a time prayer and fasting.

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