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Read Psalm 137


Monday

Read Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat down;
there we wept when we remembered Zion.
2On the willows near by
we hung up our harps.
3Those who captured us told us to sing;
they told us to entertain them:
“Sing us a song about Zion.”
4How can we sing a song to the Lord
in a foreign land?
5May I never be able to play the harp again
if I forget you, Jerusalem!
6May I never be able to sing again
if I do not remember you,
if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!
7Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
the day Jerusalem was captured.
Remember how they kept saying,
“Tear it down to the ground!”
8Babylon, you will be destroyed.
Happy are those who pay you back
for what you have done to us-
9who take your babies
and smash them against a rock.

Think

As much Boney-M might play in your head for verse 1; this Psalm is a very sad Psalm.  The Psalmist expresses violent hatred for the Babylonians who took the Israelites as slaves and captives into Israel.  Verse 9 expresses the Psalmist's desire to see the children of the Babylonians killed.

Pray

There are many angry people in the world; many live with resentment and a longing to see revenge.  Give thanks to Jesus for offering us another way.  Pray for God's help to turn our anger into joy, our mourning to dancing.

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