Psalms 137:1 NKJV “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion.”
The Children of Israel were disconnected from Zion, and they longed for reconnection. Their disconnection from Zion has an implication for many things, more importantly; it implies they were disconnected from God, and true worship. Zion is the place, where the law and the word of God, flow from.
It is the place, where they fellowship with God. Zion enjoys a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; the glory of God was her defense. Her mount was God’s dwelling place. The people of God were not disconnected from Zion, by captivity; the captivity only furthers the disconnection that had already set in, by their iniquity. Their iniquity is revealed in the fact that, they forgot Zion. The Bible says, “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion.”
You cannot remember what you don’t forget. The reason they remembered was, because they forgot. Zion was forgotten in prosperity, but remembered in captivity. When they chose to forget Zion by the river of Jordan, they made a choice to remember her by the rivers of Babylon. When they chose to forget Zion in joy, they made a choice to remember her in tears.
Adversity opened their memory to Zion when prosperity closed their mind to her. Adversity has a way of bringing back to mind, what prosperity causes us to forget. Don’t ever forget this lesson; you will need it every day of your blessed life, on this planet earth. God is your source, and don’t let anything distract you from Him.
Whatever distracts you from God, can disconnect you from life. Your wealth should not disconnect you from worship; your prosperity should rather bring you to the place of intimacy with God. The children of Israel got it all, and lost it all, before they remembered their source.
Do you notice, they were not weeping, because they lost their possession, they were weeping, because they lost their connection with Zion? They knew that once the connection is restored, their possession will be restored. Their weeping is not about the possession in Zion, it is about the Person in Zion, the presence of the Lord who dwells in Zion.
How can we keep God in your memory?
Father, I refuse to rob You of worship, because of my wealth. I refuse to deny You attention, because of my possession. You shall remain in my memory every day, in Jesus’ name.