Text: Psalm 137
Message: Praying through Clenched Teeth
While the image of “dashing children’s heads against rocks” found in Psalm 137 is a horrifying one, the Psalmist is not encouraging such behavior, but rather expressing the deep hurt being felt at losing the world in which he was forced to leave. Perhaps the lesson we can learn from this imprecatory Psalm is the importance of releasing our pain and anger to God, and in doing so, even begin to pray for our enemies.
We will also be observing World Communion Sunday. One of six special Sundays recognized by The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday focuses our attention on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. One half of the proceeds from the offering is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining one half is to be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience. Checks can be made out to NMO-UMC with World Communion in the memo line.
Psalm 137 (NRSV)
1By the rivers of Babylon—
there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.
2On the willows there we hung up our harps.
3For there our captors asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
6Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall,
how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!”
8O daughter Babylon, you devastator!
Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!
9Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!