"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” Psalm 137:1
Rev. R.J.Barber, Jr. speaks about the history of Tabernacle Time, the nation's oldest daily religious radio broadcast. Video recorded June 20, 2016.
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“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” Psalm 137:1
Have you ever reached a point where you felt there was nothing you could do but sit down and cry? If so, like many, you can identify with the writer of this psalm. This was during a dark time in the history of Judah, when many of their people were taken prisoners into Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. In reading Scripture, we find many of God’s servants who came to similar circumstances.
In the book of Genesis, Abraham weeps over the death of his wife Sarah. Joseph weeps over seeing his brothers who had betrayed him. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites wept for thirty days following the death of Moses. Although he is described as a man after God’s own heart, David was often brought to weeping. Jeremiah, “the weeping prophet”, prayed that his eyes would be a fountain of tears for his people. Job declared that his face was “foul with weeping”.
We could go on and on sighting times in the Bible when God’s servants were brought to tears. There are many reasons we weep. We weep over the loss of loved ones. We weep over betrayals by our friends. We weep over the sins of our country. We weep over our own failures. Sometimes we are simply flooded with joy. Please consider these truths about our tears:
God will reward our tears that are shed over the lost - “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6
God will bring an end to all our tears of sorrow – “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
Next month we will consider some thoughts on weeping from the New Testament. Please accept our deepest gratitude for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. Your support means more than you might imagine.