In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Jeremiah 51; Psalm 137… we see Jeremiah’s final words (concerning Babylon), and the psalmist’s take on the time God’s people spent there.
The Jews were held in Babylon – in captivity – from 586BC to 518BC. It was like being under house arrest, within the borders of Babylon. They weren’t in prison; they could buy houses and were free to come and go within Babylon. But, they were to live the Babylonian culture rather than their own. It would never feel like home.
God’s people certainly didn’t feel like singing… about anything. Not even when they were goaded to do so by the Babylonians. Not even when they had the opportunity to sing about God!
Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you didn’t feel like singing? Maybe it was a divorce… or a job loss… or an illness… or a death… or any number of other miserable times. We sometimes lose the song that usually lives in our heart.
But, as the psalmist reminds us… even if the music fades for a time, we are still to remember God!