A prominent theme of this psalm is “remembering”. Most of us will quickly think of the Lord’s Supper when we connect this theme with the church. What else should the church remember, and how else do we remind ourselves?
After living several years in Memphis and having visited the National Civil Rights Museum there I naturally think of US slavery when I try to come up to a modern equivalent of the Jews in exile. But so much has changed in the US since the 1960’s I’m not sure that’s the best analogy. I also think of Zimbabwe, perhaps because they play cricket and were part of the British Commonwealth, and the oppression of white farmers and other members of the opposition party. Would Psalm 137 have any special meaning to people in these situations and how would it benefit them?
In light of the sermon mentioning Eph. 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”, Do you have any tips for how to practice this… besides counting to 10?
Songs from the Psalm
At first glance, this Psalm is a stumper. However, vv. 3-4 seem to suggest almost any “heaven” song that orients the believer toward a new and better “land”. As foreigners and strangers on earth (Heb11:13) we should long for heaven!
- There Is a Habitation (chorus: O Zion, Zion!) — memorable for most all of us
- Sing To Me of Heaven
- Heaven is a Wonderful Place
- Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus (When We All Get To Heaven) (note st. 2 that mentions the “pilgrim pathway,” as in being in a “foreign land)
- Children of the Heav’nly King (GSII, GSR … other song books remove some of rich lyrics)
- Brief Life Is Here Our Portion (GSR … I think I’ve sung that maybe once, but it’s appropriate)
The longing for Jerusalem (v. 6) isn’t something we see often in songs of the last couple of centuries, at least, but figuratively, we could sing:
- Jerusalem the Golden (GSII)
- Jerusalem, My Happy Home (GSII)
and . . .
- Tempted and Tried (might be stretched to refer to the feeling/prayer that my “enemies” are somehow seeming to be victorious here, God, so please do something about this)
Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section.