How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”



Proverbs 13:2 (ESV)

From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,

but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

Proverbs 13:3 (ESV)

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 13:10 (ESV)

10  By insolence comes nothing but strife,

but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Proverbs 13:13 (ESV)

13  Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,

but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Proverbs 13:16 (ESV)

16  Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 13:18 (ESV)

18  Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,

but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,

but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 13:24 (ESV)

24  Whoever spares the rod hates his son,

but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

Psalm 95:1–2 (ESV)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:6 (ESV)

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Psalm 95:10–11 (ESV)

10  For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known my ways.”

11  Therefore I swore in my wrath,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

A Father’s Wise Instruction

Proverbs 4:7 (ESV)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever you get, get insight.

Proverbs 4:14 (ESV)

14  Do not enter the path of the wicked,

and do not walk in the way of the evil.

Proverbs 4:20–23 (ESV)

20  My son, be attentive to my words;

incline your ear to my sayings.

21  Let them not escape from your sight;

keep them within your heart.

22  For they are life to those who find them,

and healing to all their flesh.

23  Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4:26–27 (ESV)

26  Ponder the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

27  Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.

Psalms 92 (ESV) Selected Verses

Psalm 92:1–4 (ESV)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

and your faithfulness by night,

to the music of the lute and the harp,

to the melody of the lyre.

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Psalm 92:11 (ESV)

11  My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;

my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.


Psalm 90:1–2 (ESV)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place

in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:11–12 (ESV)

11  Who considers the power of your anger,

and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12  So teach us to number our days

that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:14 (ESV)

14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90:17 (ESV)

17  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,

and establish the work of our hands upon us;

yes, establish the work of our hands!