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Remember Jerusalem


Psalm 137.1
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.

We have now missed a month of meeting together as a church. Certainly we are the church so wherever we are we worship God, but it is strange to not meet together to worship God. How did you celebrate Easter? I imagine it was very different from other years. We are not sure what our new normal will be nor how long this time of social distancing will last. Surely we will remember this time. When we are able to meet together again we will celebrate, and we certainly long for that day.
 
Psalm 137.1 is a lament of the psalmist as he remembers what it was like during the Babylonian exile. The exiled people of God sat down and wept. To sit is a posture of mourning. They sat down and wept by the natural rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, and the artificial canals in the plain as they remembered Zion. Zion is a hill on which Jerusalem sits. Zion represents the temple. The people of God long to worship in the temple because the presence of the Lord is there. Zion also represents the city of God in the new age, the heavenly Jerusalem, and the holy mountain.
 
As their captors taunt them or seek entertainment wanting them to sing songs of Zion, they wonder how can we sing songs of praise. What song can you sing to God today? What do you weep over today? Are you expressing your grief and sorrow to God? We have hope because of our faith in Christ, but we also face much uncertainty and heartache today. How do you remember Zion?
 
Blessings,

Anna