Psalm 137 9 — Detailed explanation

The book of Psalm is one of the most famous books of the Bible.

It is read by both Christians and unbelievers alike.

Everyone seems to find words of prayer, consolation, and hope in it.

Sometimes it is difficult to understand the verses except by someone who is more knowledgeable.

Just like that eunuch in the book of Act who was reading the book of Isaiah but had no understanding until Phillip joined his chariots to explain.

Psalm 137:9 is no doubt one of the verses people find difficult to understand.

Well, to understand the verse, we need to run through the whole chapter first.

That is how to get the context of the chapter and gradually follow up to the verse so that we can be able to pick the message in the verse that is our emphasis.

Remember the verse did not exist in isolation.

The whole chapter talks about the experience of the children of Israel in Babylonian captivity.

It records their awful experience.

I am sure you must have heard people sing this song very well.

It’s a popular song.

The first few verses were made into a song decades ago to emphasize the struggle the Israelites had living in Babylon.

The context of the chapter is that people can’t be doing clean things in an unclean environment or doing things of God in an environment that is not ideal.

Here, the Israelites felt that it is a mockery to God for them to sing God’s song in a strange land.

Not that it was bad to sing God’s song but that they going to do that as a slave in bondage.

The last verse of the chapter is actually historical in nature.

In 586 BC when Babylon invaded Jerusalem and took them on exile, part of the devilish act they perpetrated was about to be repaid to them.

God always has a way he pays back for anyone doing evil.

So, their children will be hit against the wall to show the magnitude of the bad they are ripping.

This is also captured by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 13:16.

God will not forget the evil you do to His people except there is genuine repentance.

And since the Babylonians know not the part of repentance, their wickedness has grown and is ripe for them to be served what they gave others.

The book of Galatians makes us understand that God is not deceived, whatever a man sows he will reap.

Well, it is worthy of note that this doesn’t necessarily mean that their children will be hit against the way.

It is used to show the extent to which they will suffer without mercy.

This is because, in war normally, children and pregnant women are usually freed because mercy still speaks for them even at war.

For Babylon, God won’t spare anyone of them.

So blessed is the man who carries out God’s agenda on Babylon.

That is because it is God’s emphasis and anyone who does what God wants is blessed by the Lord.

It doesn’t matter what the assignment seems like as long as it is God’s bidding, then anyone who does it is blessed.