Psalm 137:1-3 “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
Why did the captors want to hear the songs of those they took captive? Was it mockery? It could have been, but what if it was something else, what if there is a secret in here that we need to learn? What if the reason the captors wanted to hear the songs of Zion is because they knew those songs carried peace, comfort, hope, presence, promise? It reminds us of when Paul and Silas were in prison and they began to sing praises to God, the Bible says, all the prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:16-40).
Songs of Zion, songs of the Lord, carry with them atmosphere changing ability. Where there is chaos, songs bring peace; where there is fear, songs bring comfort; where there is discouragement, songs bring hope. Is it possible that the answer to your struggle, the pathway out of your problem is in your mouth, in your song? I think so. But your song will not only liberate you, it will provide much needed relief to others around you that are in a similiar or the same situation.
Remember, the captors in Babylon were in as much captivity as the ones they took captive. The songs of Zion not only brought hope to Israel but to those in Babylon as well. Lift up your voice and sing the songs of the Lord. Open your mouth and the Lord will fill it (Psalm 81:10). You never know who else needs to hear it.