Psalm 137: Bible Study Guide.


A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Plan: Psalm 137/ “Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land”/ 19-BSG-137A: (Psalm 137:1-9)/ Hymn: “I will sing of my Redeemer, And His wondrous love to me” (SDAH 343)

EXPLORATION: The people of Judah exiled in Babylon (see 1 Chr. 9:1; 2 Chr. 36:1-21; Ps 137:1-9; Dan 1:1-7)

REFLECTION: “Ps. 137 has been fittingly termed the Song of the Captive. It portrays the Israelites in the land of exile. Their minstrels are silent, while their captors taunt them, asking them to tune their harps and sing one of the songs of Zion. The captives’ hearts are heavy. The plaintive note in this psalm is one that never fails to draw out the sympathy of the reader for the distressed and disheartened captives.” (SDA BC 3:922). The chapter has three distinct sections: Lament on the situation of the exile, (vv. 1-4); Express joy over Jerusalem (vv. 5-6); finally, a call for God’s judgment upon Babylon, (vv. 7-9).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: “The Israelites fixed their hopes upon worldly greatness. From the time of their entrance to the land of Canaan, they departed from the commandments of God, and followed the ways of the heathen. It was in vain that God sent them warning by His prophets. In vain they suffered the chastisement of heathen oppression.” (The Desire of Ages, p. 28).

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter, if you remain faithful and true to Me; if you walk with Me as Enoch walked, then I will accomplish My purpose in your life — “If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:19–20, NKJV)

TODAY’S COMMITMENT: I want to be obedient, a faithful follower of the Jesus, and learn from the mistakes of the people of Judah. I want to repent all my sins and ask the Lord to cleanse me, and use me for His service. Have A Blessed Day: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21, NKJV)