Thursday, April 3, 2014

By the Waters of Babylon

Psalm 137:1

By the waters of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept
when we remembered Zion

Here is a picture of the ancient River of Babylon:

Babylon is a fertile alluvial plain between the Euphrates and Tigris.

This was the heartland of the Babylonian Empire, which dominated the ancient Near East between the fall of the Assyrian empire (612 BCE) and the rise of the Achaemenid Empire (after 539).

This was a often a place for the Jews to gather together to pray for Jerusalem during their Babylonian exile in the 6th Century B.C.

What is it like by the rivers of Babylon?
Psalm 137 is the cry in their hearts.

Psalm 137  takes us back to the captivity days in Babylon where Daniels and the God's people could not sing songs about Yahweh to entertain the crowd.

Spend some time to meditate on Psalm 137 and share with me your thoughts here.  I love to hear from you.


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