A Psalm of Anger and Wrathful Thoughts
The psalmist has been through
a terrible, traumatizing event that went on and on.
He lived through
Babylon taking captive God's people in Jerusalem.
He lived through being a slave in Babylon.
The psalmist is angry, bitter, and resentful.
I hope that
no one reading this page
has experienced such horror.
One of the reasons that God put this psalm in the Bible
is to show us
that we can be
totally open with God.
We can say anything to him.
We can vent our most terrible thoughts and emotions.
the appropriate place
to work through
our hurts and wounds from others
- and our issues from our own personal sins -
being open and transparent before God.
God wants us to share our
deepest, darkest thoughts and emotions.
Only through God's guidance
can we truly get healed.
Introduction to Psalm 137
History of this Psalm
the events that led to this Psalm
The people of God
living in the area of Jerusalem
were being rebellious to God.
They were continually rejecting the Word of God.
They were continually practicing the kinds of serious sins
that leads to God's judgment.
After God's many attempts to call them to repentance,
he lifted his shield of protection
allowed the Babylonians
to capture them and take them to Babylon as slaves.
This rebellious stance of the heart
had happened before.
God had warned his people to stay true to God
from the time of Moses to this man's day.
God always reached out to the wicked and told them that what they were doing was dangerous.
He sent prophets to warn them.
God told them not to causally cross the border into
terrible sin and rebellion.
From the time of Moses,
God promised to protect and bless the Hebrew people
they would be dedicated to him.
For Example: Deuteronomy 7:12
Moses and the people of God promised to be true to God.
most of them became rebellious instead....
This cycle of
repentance and rebellion
over and over through the generations.
Here is the pattern
that the Jewish people
went through over and over...
God gives truth >
The people walk in it >
The people rebel from it >
God sends prophets to preach repentance >
The majority harden their heart >
God sends judgment >
The people repent >
God gives truth ..... and the pattern starts again.
Daniel 9:1-12 - Here Daniel is praying to God about the wickedness of all of the people of God.
Isaiah 46:8-9 - God warns the people through the prophet Isaiah -
“Don’t forget this, O guilty ones. And don’t forget the many times I clearly told you what was going to happen in the future. For I am God—I only—and there is no other like me.
We see "the pattern" in Psalm 107.
Proverbs 1:23 AMP - God is calling out to wayward people to hear his rebuke and repent - so God can bless them. See below.
you will turn
and pay attention to my rebuke,
Behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
Proverbs 1:23 AMP
Often we see -
who refuse to follow their Creator,
blame God when judgment comes.
The smart ones change their mind and repent.
Click here for understanding of how God deals with people who have no knowledge of God and his commands.
and the judgment that results
was going on
psalmist and his town
had seen horrible things during the capture.
Homes and buildings destroyed.
People violently treated and injured.
Some people were murdered.
Even babies were murdered in front of his eyes.
Then he taken far away to Babylon.
There he and the others were tormented and taunted
The psalmist gives one specific example of the mental abuse.
They were forced to sing "happy" sounding songs
for their captors.
and his family and friends were
broken, shattered, traumatized people.
The result for this man was anger, bitterness, and resentment.
Here is a short video
on Psalm 137.
The sound begins at 6 seconds.
The most difficult verse to read
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth
thy little ones against the stones.
Hearing about brutality to babies
makes us want to turn away from this psalm.
the word "happy"
that the psalmist
was wanting this brutality
as revenge for what was done to the Jewish babies,
shudder and recoil in disbelief.
Why would God put this in the Bible?
I previously stated my idea of the main reason,
which is to
encourage open communication with God.
Here are some
thoughts from others.
The following is from an
Anonymous Youtube Commenter
speaking about this Psalm...
The Psalms deal with the
of the human experience -
ALL of the emotional ups & downs.
It's not intended to be a strict instruction manual
for how we ought to conduct ourselves.
Nor is it necessarily sanctioning
the emotions it chronicles.
But there is a sense in which
God HONORS the Psalmist's
HONEST and UNDILUTED
over the genuine anguish of the human condition...
As long as, at the end of it all,
"we yet put our hope in God."
a video sharing on
at the beginning of this video,
which are placed in the video
to show us
how the world tries to use this verse against God.
I did not listen to the two sermons that were suggested.
With the true depth of horror
that the psalmist is feeling in verses 8 - 9,
we realize that nothing is off the table
while communicating with God.
* * *
God wants us to be completely open with him.
* * *
No matter how dark and evil your thoughts are,
God can handle it.
No matter what sin
you have done or thought about -
God can forgive that sin and
cleanse that sin
make you whole.
God wants to transform us.
One of my favorite Christian speakers (now deceased)
Years ago as I was reading his book
I came across a story that happened to him before he was saved...
Ben had a terrible temper,
and one day
he was violently angry at a man.
He headed over to that man's house to kill him.
The only reason Ben didn't kill the man
the man wasn't home.
after Ben got saved,
he was like a big teddy bear.
God can handle your sin.
Come to God and allow him to forgive you and help you.
can can handle the psalmist's words in verse 9,
and he can
then he can handle your innermost thoughts and emotions.
The only way to deal with your sins
and feel whole again
is to come clean
Next is a video
The Heart of Daniel
the sins of his people.
Yahweh - is a Hebrew word for God.
I endorse this video but not every video that this speaker does.
The video above
to the fact that
Christians disagree with each other
the details of the end times.
The end time Scriptures are not totally clear.
Our last video
sad songs of the Jews
who were captives in Babylon.
Let's learn the lessons of this Psalm.
The song is called
Bring Us Back
Recorded at The Tower of David in Jerusalem
In Conclusion of this page...
God is Love.
Part of the Love of God
is the eventual
Judgment of Sin.
God calls out
for everyone to come home to the arms of God
the final judgment of sin comes
at our death.
Hebrews 3:15 TLB
But now is the time.
Never forget the warning,
“Today if you hear God’s voice speaking to you,
do not harden your hearts against him,
as the people of Israel did
when they rebelled against him in the desert.”
God bless you.
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Psalm 137 presented June 2023.