The people of Israel had been devastated by the Babylonians. Jerusalem was burned to the ground. The temple was ruined. The people were murdered, and those who were kept alive were taken as slaves. And through it all, the Babylonians—who had been used as instruments of judgment against God’s wayward people—rejoiced. They delighted in the destruction they caused. But despite his harsh language, the psalmist was not wishing for vengeance in human terms. He was praying for God’s justice. He was putting his trust in God’s promise to repay the Babylonians for what they had done. He was trusting that God would deliver His people, just as He had promised. Throughout this psalm, the psalmist called the people to remember: Remember Jerusalem in your grief—and remember the Lord’s promise of deliverance.
How are you able to remain hopeful when God seems indifferent?