Here the author, Beejai, presents us with what appears to be nothing more than crudely violent and awful prayer.
Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks! (Psalm 137:9)
Relate: Before I begin to write any post, I will always spend some time in prayer and then reading that portion of the Bible that is part of the Bibile reading plan. It is a devotional for me long before I write it out as a devotion for the world. Sometimes immediately a verse jumps out to me and as soon as I’m done reading I will go right back to it. Other times there will be a theme running through both the Old Testament and New Testament readings and I will work off that theme. [2015 addition: On occasion, like today, I will simply go back to a post from a previous year dealing with that same scripture.] As I was reading today I was thinking, “I’ve got nothing.” I read through the OT and NT with no idea where I was going to go today. I read through the Psalm and then on the last verse… boom. Then, “Oh no, God. Please no.” I thought. But I am a firm believer that Paul was writing truth when he wrote that all scripture, even Psalm 137:9, is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. (continued here)
We often tend to be selective in the scriptures we read. That can be a mistake. If we don’t make an effort to study and understand the whole Bible, then we cannot understand any of it as well as we should. In addition, we cannot pray, discuss the Bible with others, and divine the true meaning.
2 Peter 1:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
If you want to appreciate what the Jews suffered during that war, read Lamentations.