Singing to the self. Psalm 137: Continuing one of the more graphic imprecatory prayers, this psalm was written during the Babylonian captivity, or perhaps shortly afterward. Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. Psalm 137. Verse 1. When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our … 2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. PSALM 137. A backslidden people have lost their ability to sing the Lord’s song. They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. When we remembered Zion. 137 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. Psalm 137 - By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land. It contains a cry in captivity (verses 1-4), a vow of remembrance (verses 5-6), and a prayer for judgment (verses 7-9). For once, there is no need for guessing about the occasion of this Psalm. 2 We hung our harps. Psalm 137 King James Version (KJV) 137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Read verse in New King James Version It may also have been written many years into the exile. Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who a plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 1. On the subject of imprecations (see the note on Psalm 109). 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who a plundered us requested mirth, Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!". THE LOST SONG IN A BACKSLIDER’S LIFE Text: Psalm 137:1-7 INTRODUCTION: Here is a song soaked with tears. 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. Psalm 137 – The Mournful Song of the Exiles. Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. The harps that were dedicated to give praise to God are silent now by the River of Babylon (world). 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept. Psalm 137 How Shall We Sing the Lord 's Song?. Psalm 137 New King James Version << Psalm 136 | Psalm 137 | Psalm 138 >> The Mourning of the Exiles in Babylon. A. We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. 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. 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