I have done a lot of writing and talking about how the psalms allow us to say things and give things to God that we would never actually say or do. Well today is the psalm that really drives that home. When I first read this psalm, in Seminary, I was shocked. How in the world was Psalm 137 even in the Bible? I thought today of passing it by, because I know it will be painful for many people to read. I also know that it will bring up many questions in the minds of readers. However, that is why I am going to talk about it, because questions are good. Pushing against the text is good. Trying to understand what and why these words are written is good. Don’t forget to read Psalms 136 and 138 as well, and then I will see you in the video to talk about 137.
Read: Psalms 136, 137, and 138
Questions to Consider:
- Emotions are a tricky thing, how do you think you handle your emotions?
- Are there any emotions that you have a hard time dealing with? I have spoken a few times about my issues with being angry when I was younger. If you have had or do have issues with a particular emotion, how did you or could you work on that emotion?
Activity for the Day: I love to take walks to help me let go of things and give them to God. Take a walk today and give over to God the things that you don’t need to worry about, the things you don’t need to simmer about, the things that you don’t need to hold onto. Trust that God will deliver justice in Gods time.