January 02, 2021
By the rivers of Babylon—
there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. How could we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land? –Psalm 137
This Psalm was referring to a time when many of the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. Their capital city of Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonian armies, and the temple, which was the very dwelling place of God on earth, had been torn down. They had been dragged off into captivity into a foreign land. Their world had been turned upside down and even their faith was in question as they had lost their holy place of worship.