1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
7 Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!”
8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us
9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
Read Isaiah chapter 13 and 14 to fully understand this psalm. We are delighted when we are living in the blessings of the Lord. But when we forsake the way of the Lord and follow the path of the world and let sin rule over us we are no longer under God’s protection. This psalm represents what happens when sin runs it’s full course and we are standing naked and without anything left to show of God’s past presence in our life.