Away from Zion

Psalms Bible Background

08.28.2017 – 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 2017

By Don Ruhl

One of the saddest times in the history of Israel was when they went into captivity. The Lord had brought Israel into the Land of Canaan, but later Israel committed the same sins as the Canaanites, so the Lord had to remove Israel. When the tribe of Judah arrived in Babylon, they remembered their old city,

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) 

They could not sing, although their captors asked them to sing. Singing presupposes a spirit of happiness, especially the songs of Zion. Yes, some of the songs are of a sad nature, but even those are hard to sing when depressed.


  • What does music do to your soul?
  • Do you like to sing?

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