READING: Jeremiah 51, Psalm 137
“How can we sing the Lord’s song on foreign soil?”
I can’t imagine what the exiles in Psalm 137 must have felt. They remembered Zion, with all of its buildings, festivals, and celebrations. They knew the way the city once was, and they realized their rebellion had led to its demise. God had promised to restore them, but for now, they could only picture yesterday’s Zion – and they could not sing. All they could do was weep: “By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. . . . How can we sing the Lord’s song on foreign soil?” (Psa. 137:1-4).
Memories of the goodness of yesterday made them weep over the bondage of today. Sin had cost them much, and they could only wait on God to judge the Babylonians and restore them to their land.
My mind wanders to some who have fallen morally, and I grieve the possibility of someday sitting alone, longing for the better days of yesterday. I fear the reality of exile – and I pray that fear makes me cling to God like never before.
- Pray for God to keep your heart clinging to Him.
- If you feel like you’re in exile, talk to somebody today. Get someone praying with you.
PRAYER: “Father, hold me tightly in Your grip today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch up day
- Insert your name into “Israel” and “Judah” in the text above, and read it again.
- Thank God for the way He forgives us.
PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for so completely forgiving us and saving us.’”
TOMORROW’S READING: Jeremiah 51, Psalm 137