By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy. Psalm 137:1
When I occasionally return to my hometown in Pennsylvania, I go with fondness. Even though I’ve not been there in years or lived there in 40 years, there’s a familiarity and fondness I have for it. It’s ‘home.’ Having traveled the world and lived in numerous places, there really is no place like home, a place where you belong.
David was like that with Jerusalem. Living in 21st century, we don’t quite understand his fondness. Yes, it was home for him but it was much more than that. It’s where God met the nation in big ways. It’s where the temple was built. God had created a covenant with the entire nation of Israel, and Israel was its center.
As I type this, nations are continuing to conspire against Israel even though its leadership has changed hands. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that she will be protected and that many will come to know the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on a personal level. Pray that there will be peace within its walls. Ask the Lord to confuse and confound its enemies.