Take Your Bitterness to God

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

Psalm 137:7–9 NIV

Today’s verses end with one of the harshest sentences in the entire Old Testament. And that is saying something.

Can you imagine singing this line as a worship song?

Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

Such violence and cruelty certainly shouldn’t have a place in Scripture, much less in the Psalms, the first hymn book of God’s people, should it?

Some context will help us make sense of what’s going on here.

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Life, Joy, and Pleasure in the House of God

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 NIV

If you could wish for one thing, and get it, what would it be?

David asked to be with God forever.

If I’m honest, that’s not the first idea that pops into my mind. But when I think about it, of course that’s the best answer.

Why?

Because being with God himself is the greatest possible joy, fulfillment, and pleasure imaginable.

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