This passage talks of Israel in captivity. Their captors demand them to sing their happy songs. But how can they be happy when they are not at home? So in the same way, how can we be TRULY joyful/happy/whatever when we are not in OUR TRUE home? That home being heaven. Someone once said Earth is but a waiting room. Do our lives reflect that? I know mine doesn’t. We should live like this world is temporary (which it is). How would living life as if this world were temporary be applied/reflected in your own life? I know I wouldn’t waste time on such trivial things as what jeans or shoes to buy.
1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps, 3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy. 7 Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!” 8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. 9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants