Psalms of Prayer & Praise


Part 62: Psalms 137:  Although We May Cry: Our Tears Are Of Joy As We Pray




In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth


Editors Note: We cried this morning, last night and tomorrow for the lost souls that see not the Resurrection. These are many days that we come to see and feel the presence of Jesus in the Resurrection. However, although many believers claim a love for Jesus some also deny the Resurrection. How can you do this? There is a divine order to be called from the grave thus in line with the Resurrection of Jesus. It is written that all will be called from the grave, the righteous and the unrighteous. Therefore how the body is disposed at death is very important. God said, Jesus said, from the grave.


Meanwhile can you deny the Resurrection when you continue a ritual in giving that Jesus died and got up from the grave to remove? Jesus died for the sins of all humankind that He created. Thus we don’t have to atone for sins daily. If you believe that you are guaranteed salvation do you deny the Resurrection? Saved here meaning that you are guaranteed heaven’s door because you have spoken an acceptance of Jesus. Think on these things and we pray for the deliverance of many that come confused this day yesterday as all will be judged on tomorrow.




Greetings Brethren,


Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.



Are there any true believers that truly love the Lord that have not cried out in prayer? Also have these same people also cried out in joy, in pain as they bear witness to the longsuffering and mercy of our Lord? Did the people of Israel feel no joy to sing songs are offer praises to the Lord while in captivity? What of the modern day slaves in the Western Hemisphere, did they experience some of the same feelings? Meanwhile the record shows that those that are often called the wretched of the earth did (do) sing and make music.


I hear the ancestors of  Grand Pa Samuel Arnett (See Fallen Letters: Mis-education and Intellectual Confusion, Essays on the Black Experience, FreedomJournal Press) that were born and brought over by the whip, singing what they described as Spirituals to the Lord. These same Spiritual songs turned to what they called the Blues as they cried out about our history and the plight of members of the human family only trying to survive.


So as we look at the prophetic words of the 137th Psalms we advise you to note the parallels that may arrive in your spirit as you comprehend the word at this place. This Psalms is a prophetic chapter and written in the past tense like so many other prophetic passages in scripture. Here we see once again more than once that the prophet is as certain of the future as he is of the past. To place this chapter in a more definitive context we advise you to look over to Ezekiel where we find the predictions coming to pass (Ezekiel 37: 11).  Ezekiel was written when the nation had been carried away into captivity and here at Psalms 137 we see the prediction of these events. We have only 9 verses and we hope and pray to consider them all in this discussion.


Psalms 137: 1: “By the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” Also see Ezekiel 1: 1, 3 where we see his call to be a prophet and priest. He prophesied to the Jews exiled in Babylon directed by God regarding their stay there and why. They were never without direction and information. So the parallel of the plight of the captives of the Western Hemisphere later is once again drawn. Do the toils of life promote spirituality? Is there any truth to those once held captive having a greater leaning toward the spiritual world?


Babylon is noted as the capital of the city in the region or territory where the people of Israel were taken captive.  There were many rivers in this territory and the record tells us here that they sat down by these rivers often disgusted and dissatisfied with the state and condition they were in.


Now turn to Nehemiah where we will find that the prophet had returned to Jerusalem after the exile and captivity and prayed to God for help in re-building the walls around the city.


Nehemiah 1:4: “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept. And mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”

Nehemiah mourned for some time. It was also not uncommon for men like Nehemiah to fast and pray without ceasing.


Now go back with us to our primary scripture taken from Psalms 137 and the 2nd verse.


Psalms 137: 2: “We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.”

The Jews did not feel like singing while they languished in captivity. Thus, they hanged their harps on the many willow trees that lined the various bodies of water throughout Babylon. Did the Blues come about because of sad and spurious conditions? Are there songs of joy and songs of sorrow? Well can songs of sorrow also be glad songs as they tell the story of the unforgotten past of our ancestors Black?


Also at Ezekiel 26: 13 we find another example of the unwilling Jews to sing songs of praise. “And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.”


Psalms 137: 3: “’For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” Also see II Chronicles 29: 27 for a note on the use of instruments as ordained by King David. Where have the instruments gone in some churches. Meanwhile where have the Godly musicians gone in those that have instruments? At Nehemiah 12: 46 there is another message on the use of instruments as David began the custom of using choirs and instruments in worship.


Homesick for their native land the Jews were in no mood to sing songs are play music on the instruments used in their religious services. I remember some of my people that were asked and were commanded to play in fields of cotton around the Big House. However, with the string instruments and juice harps they also played a music that came from an inner inspiration of hope and of sorrow.


Psalms 137: 4-6: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?


“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning,”


“If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if it prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”


It is difficult to be involved in religious services or devotions in a strange land that is pagan. Meanwhile at verse 5 we see a sort of self imposed curse if the Jews would ever forget about Jerusalem. At verse 6 a tongue stuck to the roof of the mouth would not only render the person speechless but he would also soon die for he also would not be able to swallow food. Here the speaker not only vows to remember Jerusalem but he also promises to give it the highest preference of praise over any other joy he is exposed to.


Do those in the Diaspora re-located from the west coast of Africa sing any songs? What songs do those sing that left by way of the east? There are no unforgotten pages in Black history. Did the songs of yesterday and today reflect the on-going sojourn of God’s people? There have been captives, slaves and exiles however, all never left God.


We will conclude this discussion with verses 7-9 in Part II of Psalms 137.


Cont. Part 63: Part II Psalms 137: Although We May Cry: Our Tears Are of Joy As We Pray


Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 4 April 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.




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