Saturday, May 7, 2011

Devotional: "Life in Edom"—Psalm 137


1By the rivers of Babylon,
         There we sat down and wept,
         When we remembered Zion.



2Upon the willows in the midst of it
         We hung our harps.
3For there our captors demanded of us songs,
         And our tormentors mirth, 
saying,
         “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4How can we sing the LORD’S song
         In a foreign land?
5If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
         May my right hand forget 
her skill.
6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
         If I do not remember you,
         If I do not exalt Jerusalem
         Above my chief joy.
7Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom
         The day of Jerusalem,
         Who said, “Raze it, raze it
         To its very foundation.”
8O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one,
         How blessed will be the one who repays you
         With the recompense with which you have repaid us.

Sometimes, when we study theology or the Bible, we forget our purpose. Or, God leads us to a place we did not expect: prison, hospital, a bad job. Or, our congregations recognize us for the light contained within, and they do not see the One to whom our ministry points. Sometimes, we find ourselves as the Psalmist, amongst "Edomites." 

So how do we point our congregations to the Source of the light within us? How do we snap out of our worrying and busyness and remember the purposes for which God has called us?