How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land

by Roselyn Samuels

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By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it.
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!
If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—
If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!”
O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,
Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!
Happy the one who takes and dashes
Your little ones against the rock!  (Psalm 137)

Prayer Burdens:

  • That we value this call of God in our lives and the treasure of the Holy Spirit within us so that we do not grieve him but be wholly submitted to his leading and dealings.
  • That the remnant of Edom might be razed to its foundation through the fire from Gods presence. Edom is the descendant of Esau and refers to anything in our lives that makes us not value the gift of eternal life or our inheritance in God; and so very easily or with difficulty give it up for momentary gain or pleasure.
  • That we might totally be delivered of Babylon by fully consecrating our lives: hearts and bodies and time to God for his use and glory. Babylon speaks of the world and its system built to distract God’s people and seduce them from the pure and true worship of God who saved them for himself. God expects us to have him alone as our God or have a faith that is towards God.
  • That the church turn around to follow him whither so ever he leads them.
  • That God might prepare to himself a people zealous of good works who will do his work


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