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Devotional - week of April 6, 2003


By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it.  Psalm 137:1-2

The psalmist had been carried with others to Babylon. Their captors wanted them to sing the songs of Zion. Obviously, it was for the purpose of entertainment—not to worship Jehovah God.

The Jewish people neither had a song in their hearts nor a desire to entertain the Babylonians. The psalmist and his friends hung their harps upon the willows in the midst of a river.

At times, God’s children have to “hang their harps.” The song is gone.

We may know—or we may not know—why the song is gone.

It is not essential that we know why the song is gone. It is essential that we understand we can take back the harp—we can sing again.

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes:

… be filled with the Spirit …

Ephesians 5:19 expresses one of the results of believers being filled with the Spirit. They will be:

… speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord …

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, there is a song in the heart. A companion verse is Galatians 5:22 which says, “… the fruit of the Spirit is … joy.” A heart full of joy is a heart filled with a song.

Have your hung your harp?

Take it back. Sing again. Live out your union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, be filled with the Spirit—and sing again.