This psalm is a lament – a song expressing sorrow over events that had occurred. The event referred to in this passage has to do with the sadness of the Israeli captives who had been removed from their homeland and placed in an encampment in Babylon.
Their relocation and circumstances surrounding them caused much sadness, especially when their captors wanted them to sing one of their songs of praise. Their response is seen in the question, “How can we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?” Instead of singing, they ‘hanged their harps on the willows”.
They were not in the Place where they could sing praises. Memories of how things used to be caused regret. Present circumstances brought no joy to their hearts. They realized that their rebellion against God had brought these sorrows upon them and this captivity was the recompense of their sins. They lost their joy – their song.
In their regret, they remembered the reason for their melancholy. What about you, dear reader? Have you found yourself to be in a different Place than where you once were? Did you at some time in the past sing songs of praise to your God in a place that was conducive to such? Are you now in a place, spiritually speaking, that the songs of praise to God are rather out of place? Have you found yourself to be in a place where you are no longer walking with the Lord, but are rather, in a strange land? I am not accusing, just asking.
If you have lost your song, identify the Problem. Look at where you are, spiritually. It just may be that you are not in the right place and you need to go back to where you once were in you relationship with Christ…back to that place where you can once again sing the songs of Zion. You know where that is…
WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SONG, SOMETHING’S WRONG!
Jessie Pounds, born in 1861, in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, began writing verses for the local newspaper when she was but 15 years old. Noticing that some of her verses would be well suited for church hymns, J.H. Fillmore asked that she write for a hymnal he was publishing, which she did. One of her hymns is, “The Way of the Cross Leads Home”. Perhaps, if you find yourself somewhat ‘out of place’, this song may help you find your way back.