In these psalms, the author (usually David, although not in Ps. C ANALYSIS OF PSALM 137 The first strophe of the psalm transports the reader to the exile in Babylon. 6. of country music depend upon this concept. Psalm 137:5 NIV Psalm 137:5 NLT Psalm 137:5 ESV Psalm 137:5 NASB Psalm 137:5 KJV Psalm 137:5 Bible Apps Psalm 137:5 Parallel Psalm 137:5 Biblia Paralela Psalm 137:5 Chinese Bible Psalm 137:5 French Bible Psalm 137:5 German Bible Psalm 137:5 Commentaries Bible Hub Reply. Many of God's people today have lost their song. In English it is generally known as "By the rivers of Babylon", which is how its first words are translated in the King James Version.It is Psalm 136 in the slightly different numbering system of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate versions of the Bible. We must know Him in His love. Jerusalem had been attacked and conquered-the temple destroyed. Don't Let People Take Away Your Song. The picture I have is that of a loving Heavenly Father with outstretched arms who is there to draw us close. 7. thru'. Tears, but not songs, abound in such circumstances. The Bible declares that all have sinned…there is none righteous, Although the Baby-Ionian tongue had affinities with the Hebrew, it was practically for the Jews a foreign language. Don't let anything or anyone take your song! In heaven praise bursts forth spontaneously from all the blessed — it is their voice — they cannot speak but in praise. It was not from mere sullenness that the exiled Jews refused to sing; nor from that pride in which the unhappy often entrench themselves; nor because they had lost all hope in God: they had not. We must know Him in His holiness as the God of purer eyes than to behold iniquity. And what has once been given to Him is His — His irrevocably — His for ever. The person who wrote this Psalm saw that happen when his city was overthrown. "How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" God who puts a song in our hearts, it is God who gives us a reason to sing! 137. the Lord's people had been carried away into captivity. 4. (Jas. I believe it! WHEREFORE CANNOT THIS SONG BE SUNG IN A STRANGE LAND? Splendid, proud, magnificent; but hard, cruel, godless. comes from God. C. When persecution comes our way, sing anyway! in our mouths. Although the words, the languages, the rhythms, the melodies, should be most dissimilar, this — this, the true song of the Lord; springing out of the very heart of the people of revelation, and embodying its creed in poems of the most different ages and characters — this it was which could not be uttered for the mere gratification of pagan Babylon — could not, at least, without profanity. Psalms 137 | Search Results | Sermon and Worship Resources This Week They 4. It sounded through the corridors of the soul before it took shape in language, and resounded beneath the vaults of the temple; and this — this sense of its reality, made it impossible for a good Jew to prostitute it for the benefit of a pagan audience who might think of it as a new sensation in art. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 137 Sermons. Singing can be done as an expression of sorrow. The 'Blues' and much of country music depend upon this concept. It is also Then, if heaven is to be our land, it must be by our knowing God — God in Christ. "The natural man perceiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. It is ill to be separate, to stand apart, especially by our own will. 6. 5. We know how it affects us, when we first go abroad, to hear another than our mother tongue being talked all around us. An Inspirational Sermon by Dr. James E. Potts, Pastor of Mt. Click here for more messages from the book of Psalms. Psalm 137:7-9 (ESV) In the final verses, the psalmist appeals to the righteous God to execute swift justice against the oppressors of His children. C. When pain and sorrow comes our way, sing anyway! Babylon was the land of material wealth; it was the great world-city of the ago. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. And the Lord's song includes those many sweet songs which may have no words, but are sung in the heart of God's people, to their great joy and help. no not one! 1. Babylon was "a strange land." Psalm 137. Psalm 137 is without doubt one of the most troubling and difficult psalms in the Psalter, and the final verse is often thrown up as the definitive reason that certain psalms cannot be sung by Christians. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? 3. The rivers of Babylon probably refer to the Tigris and Euphrates, their tributaries, and a network of irrigation canals. 2. It wasn't that he had lost his relationship We face many difficulties and trials in this life, but we must remember…this Our pain and sorrow makes us recognize our dependence on God. the Scripture it is usually pointing to times of rejoicing. But when we find singing in The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart. See the prophet's scorn of them (Psalm 135:15, etc.). But when we find singing in the Scripture it is usually pointing to times of rejoicing. There was nothing common to Israel and Babylon in their way of looking at it. 2. 1. It contains a cry in captivity (verses 1-4), a vow of remembrance (verses 5-6), and a prayer for judgment (verses 7-9). Click here to return to the Sermons page. When you see what people do to each other…how can you How can we sing a song of the LORD in a foreign land? Babylon was the embodiment of the world-spirit. PSALM 137 word first as mirth and then as joy. Pain and sorrow reminds that we need to be comforted, and that comfort Psalm 137 Explained. O how many things go to this! Better far — I had almost allowed myself to say — better far sing the songs of Babylon itself, than burn out the last surviving tenderness of the conscience by a service which cannot be but as odious to God as it is degrading to ourselves. Psalm 137:1-9 . do not have the joy, the excitement, and the devotion toward God that they 2. Alongside Babylon’s rivers we sat on the banks; we cried and cried, remembering the good old days in Zion. Not only one inspired utterance, however beautiful or sacred, but all such psalms and hymns as they had been wont to sing in their happy homeland. God has given us the ministry of comfort to come alongside someone 3. 4. If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. ” (Psalm 134:2) INTRODUCTION: Please open your Bibles with me to Psalm 134, our last song in the Psalms of Ascent. James reminded us that we were to count it joy when we found ourselves The Lord's song will sound for ever in heaven; but shall we be there to sing it? Don't Let Persecution Take Away Your Song. Preaching the Psalms Cycles A, B, C . If so, 'What took your song?' He said here’s the law, and you need to abide by it. Pain can bring complaining, but no amount of complaining will relieve Psalms 137:2. "Nature," "force," "law," and what not — generalizations of our own minds as we look out upon the universe around us — these are, too often, placed upon the throne of the one infinite, eternal, self-existing Being. the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in The problem in our text was that the Lord's people had been carried away into captivity. 4. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. May not heaven be a strange land to us, though it is the native land of the Lord's song? Grief, however, overpowered them—Zion came to their recollection-and they could do nothing but weep. The writer of Psalm 137 begins by remembering his people being taken away from their home. 3. 137) invokes God to bring down judgment or punishment on his enemies. And in every case, whether with or without words, it is a song of the heart; the lips alone can never sing the Lord's song, for such song is not alone to the Lord, but from the Lord, inspired by his Spirit and taught by his grace. saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in Captive Israel might sing the songs of the captivity, such as was this very psalm itself. Aches, pains, weaknesses are a part of our human existence. 1:2), 3. We must know Him in His power as the Resurrection and the Life, able to re-create in His own image those who have most utterly lost and sullied it. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 137. www.easyenglish.bible. A. — or the praises of our Redeemer, if our hearts do not tell us that we have been washed with His blood, and have not defiled our garments? 2Co 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, They will lie and gossip about others. Every sensitive mind instinctively feels that, second only to the joy of regained Temple worship, would be, to the psalmist, khe crowning joy 4. Depravity = speaks of the fallen nature of mankind. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. God’s Covenant is a Gospel Covenant. Or turn on the TV or radio news without hearing of some atrocity Psalm 137, the subject of my book, Song of Exile, is unique in the Bible. Then we shall be no strangers in the land that is very far off, because it is the land where we shall see the King in His beauty, and praise Him for ever with joyful lips. This is not the exception, but rather it is the rule of life for 3. 3. When we were young we thought we were invincible, but the more mileage They will fail us, forsake us, abuse and disappoint us! We may well, indeed, feel, all of us, that this life is an exile from our true home, and that, while we live it, we cannot, at our best, sing aright the song of the redeemed. The Jews did. all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any Psalm 137: Continuing one of the more graphic imprecatory prayers, this psalm was written during the Babylonian captivity, or perhaps shortly afterward. For David, it How long?" Don't Let Persecution Take Away Your Song. If sacred associations were to have any value — if sacred words were to mean anything, could they be prostituted to the amusement of a race which was devoted to a hideous and cruel superstition? This Was full of idols. This was apparent, first of all, in the difference of the language. Ge 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the The context, form and structure, theological, technical and hermeneutical notes given in this sermon outline overlap with other sermon outlines taken from the Book of Psalms. The soul of man is, after all, finite; and when the soul is filled with this world there is no room for the next. It may be carried captive; it may at once make its escape and return. 3. The longer I live the more I am convinced of the depravity of man! Often the emotional pain and sorrow we experience can take away our Persecution and tribulation is part of God's plan Psalm 137 is the 137th psalm of the Book of Psalms, and as such it is included in the Hebrew Bible. What's the point? That song proclaimed in its very earliest notes — witness the one psalm of Moses, "Domine, refugium" — it proclaimed the insignificance of this human life at the best — the poverty, the perishableness of all that belongs to time. But the heart that holds to sin, any sin, silences the Lord's song. John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, 1. 5. The phrase 'take me up' literally means to gather unto Himself. Powerful sermon glory and honor and power to him Lord God almighty. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. God promises to be there for us when others forsake us! God bless you too. peace. The language of religion is, and must be, unintelligible to those who do not share the faith and the feelings which prompt it. It reflects the sorrows and thoughts of one of the captives, either during the captivity itself, or shortly afterward when the memories of the terrible experience were still fresh in the psalmist's mind. It is interesting how the psalmist prayed specifically against two nations: Edom and Babylon. 1. I. B. Jesus said, "…Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. There was no sympathy, but a chill, designed contempt and dislike of all they held most precious. Schuyler Rhodes. If the soul is to sing the Lord's song with the lips as well as with the heart, it must be among those who can speak its own language. Psalm 137. But there is, at least on earth, no one psalm or hymn which bears the name of "the Lord's song." Hence there settled down upon them the deep depression and sadness which the sense of complete isolation and loneliness ever produces. Peter explained that the trials come to perfect our faith. I. with God, but due to sin in his life, he had lost the 'joy' that should One of the primest examples of this is here in Ps. not conceive of language as a something which might be stripped off thought, like bark from the surface of a tree. someone has committed against another. For Israel, it was their pride and rebellion. A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times. not understand this biblical truth? 2. Amen; God’s word is like a fire, and like a hammer that shatters a rock! Is not the place in our thoughts which is due to God often tenanted by abstractions, which are just as senseless as the idols of Babylon — creations, it is true, of our thoughts, instead of being creations of our fingers? O daughter of Babylon — By which he understands the city and empire of Babylon, and the people thereof, who art to be destroyed — Who by God’s righteous and irrevocable sentence, art devoted to certain destruction, and whose destruction is particularly and circumstantially foretold by God’s holy prophets. accompany a right relationship. That spirit and the Lord's song cannot coexist. tribulation or trials. When we hurt we long to be consoled by someone who understands. The old song says, 'This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' 3. Happy are they with whom it fares thus. They brought their harps with them (Psalms 137:2), with some idea, perhaps, of indulging in mournful strains. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I had lost their song. Thank you for reading … They will do what we would never have imagined that they would do. 4. 'Have you lost your song?' Is not the Christian soul often carried captive, nowadays, into the Babylon of unbelief or of half belief? This most poignant of psalms escapes as a cry from a people in exile. Preaching. This Psalm is composed of two parts. A SONG FROM THE CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON. Singing can be done as an expression of sorrow. In its merely physical aspects it was utterly different from all they had been accustomed to; but how much more in all its moral, social, and spiritual character! How is it to mount upon the wings of desire and hope to the throne of the All-Holy, whose laws it the while sets steadily at defiance? It is who is hurting and share the comfort of God with them. The 'Blues' and much Robert B. Hughes and J. Carl Laney reveal: The Edomites were the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother. And human hearts are yet haunted by idols not a few; but if so, then the Lord's song cannot be sung. The Lord reminds us that while we are in this world, we will have It is also connected with our worship toward God. No. For most it is harder to deal with than physical pain. The new song of the four awful creatures, and of the four and twenty elders before the throne of the Lamb — the new song which go man could learn bug the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed from the earth — the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, which is sung for ever and ever by them that have gotten the victory over the beast, and that stand on the sea of glass having the harps of God — what is all this but a description of the psalmody of the blessed, with the volume and with the perfections of which nothing that is heard on earth can compare? INQUIRE WHAT IS MEANT BY "THE LORD'S SONG." Ps 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will Psalm 137:1-9 S. Conway It was Israel's, or rather Judah's, exile from Zion and Jerusalem that this psalm commemorated; but the fruits that exile bore, and which are here told of, set forth the fruits of the yet sadder exile from God which many a soul has known. designed contempt and dislike of all they held most precious, Babylon was the embodiment of the world-spirit, Sin Takes All the Music Out of Our Hearts, The Difficulty of Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land, The Tears of Memory and the Cry for Vengeance, The difficulty of singing the Lord's song in a strange land, Sin takes all the music out of our hearts. unto him the 'joy' of his salvation. The other is an heavy imprecation and a prophetical denunciation against the enemies of the … But it was because of what Babylon itself was to them. trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. a believer. Read Psalm 137:4 commentary using The Treasury of David. The problem in our text was that Sing anyway! 4 Responses to Reasons For Giving Thanks (Psalm 136 sermon) Peter says: 2019/08/17 at 4:25 pm. 1. 4. II. But there is a land, could we but reach it, where praise is, as it were, indigenous. God uses our pain to prepare us to minister to others. Sermon: Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon Sermon: Psalm 47 Directions for Worship Sermon: Psalm 136 His love endures for ever Sermon: Psalm 46 Be still, and know that I am God Sermon: Psalm 135 Why Worship? God says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…" He tells 4. should have. These were the rivers of Babylon, by which they sat down and wept. ", 1. Don't let people take away your song! It had its attractions, no doubt, but it was not the place in which to sing "the Lord's song." Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 137:4 and more! Heaven means — we have no other definition of it — where God is. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. Poetry, music, painting, architecture, all have their place in the sanctuary of God. world is only temporary! Psalm 137 is one of several psalms called imprecatory psalms. And the sense that this is the case often makes a Christian, when in general society, retire into himself, lest he should break his Master's precept against giving that which is holy unto the dogs, and casting the pearls of heaven before swine. Now, how could the old psalms of Israel, instinct with the memories of David's life and of Solomon's glory, and of the solemnities of the now destroyed temple, be sung in such an atmosphere as this? This morning, I would like to ask you, 2. Whatever may be the case with the new song of the everlasting future, the religious hymnology of earth is, and always has been, almost infinitely varied in its expression; and yet at bottom it is one — one in its motive, one in its spirit and its effort, one in its surrounding moral atmosphere. the pain. It takes a lifetime to make heaven our own land. 5. There hung over all the magnificence of Babylon a dense atmosphere of sin, which made it impossible for the servant of God to sing his song — to do more than complain: "How long, O Lord? This Week ... 2 Chronicles 36:15-23, Psalm 137:1-9, Ephesians 2:1-10. sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 6. 8. A. As a result, they The exiles sit and cry at the rivers of Babylon. God has a place prepared for His children in eternity! - S.C. 1. 2. take me up. for us as believers. have overcome the world. 5. But it is all part of God's plan for our lives. Psalm 137:7-9: The Bad Moods of Good People: R. Tuck : Psalm 137:7-9 2. What is it but the ascent of the soul towards the infinite and the eternal, the upward bounding of the understanding, the expansion of the affections, the effort of faith, and hope, and love, to utter themselves somehow in praise? 5. Psalm 137:8-9. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. these old bodies see…the more pain! In studying the Bible, you discover that God had set a standard of conduct for the Israelite people. connected with our worship toward God. Prospect Baptist Church (Villa Rica, Georgia) Black History Recognition Day "SING ANYHOW" Psalm 137:1-4 (KJV) ~POINTS~ 1. III. Psalm 137:1-3 (and Psalm 19:14) became in 1978 a popular song, sung by Boney M.3 o 4Psalm 137 inspired many artists (songs, poems, paintings). It meant for Israel all that was precious to the soul; but for the Babylonians it meant merely entertainment, merely a newly incited curiosity, merely a new sensation in the world of art. Let any one choose such surroundings, the Lord's song will be quickly silenced. Physical pain and suffering will come to all of us in our flesh. — or of our Sanctifier, if we know that we have grieved Him, and that He has taken Himself from us? voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, This life will be but a grain of sand compared to eternity! Babylon was a land in which life was overshadowed by a vast idolatry. How can we sing the praises of our Maker, if we have not reason to be thankful to Him for the gift of an undying existence? If it had only been the old poetry of the Hebrews — only their ancient music — they might, perhaps, have consented to render it before a Babylonian audience. PSALM 137. And the regenerate soul may be carried captive, some of us must know, too well, into this Babylon of deadly sin. 3. This is powerful. 2. (1Pe. Babylon, the victor, needed to dismantle the power base in Israel so that the people could not rebuild- so they rounded up all of their leaders, power brokers, or anyone with any kind of organizational prowess, and took them to Babylon. As a result, they had lost their song. Since there are a number of imprecatory psalms, and since these passages have caused many doubts and questions in the hearts of sincere believers, I thought that we should grapple with the … Many of God's people … us to "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD…" How shall we sing? 2. Following David's repentance, he prayed and asked God to restore 3. 2. Whole Psalm. In time, no doubt, the captive Jews learned much of the language of their conquerors, and, in fact, brought it back with them to Palestine; but at first it was a barrier between them; and this would, of itself, have made them unwilling to sing the Lord's song in their own ancient Hebrew to strangers who could not follow it. The first is, an heavy complaint of the church, unto Ps 137:7. song! Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have 1. Unfortunately, it isn't just the ungodly who hurt others. It might sing these in secret assemblies of the faithful; but to render the old temple hymns before a heathen crowd of idolaters — this, this was impossible. Verse 1. But, for the Jews, language was a much more sacred tiring, speaking generally, than, I fear, it is to us. When you place your faith and Psalm 137. By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. I am talking about the song of redemption. in the midst of all sorts of trials. Psalm 137. 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