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Psalm 137, Uninhibited Evil

Key Verse

Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!
— Psalm 137:9

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


Far be it from me to exaggerate the violence we can read in the Bible, but this one probably has to top the charts. Look at the image of the child above.

Now, juxtapose that image with the reading in Psalm 137:9.

Then you tell me whether the Bible pulls any punches about the raw violence human beings are capable of.

Yeah. Tough, ain’t it?

However, today the point I want to raise is how real the Bible can be and how effective it is as a mirror to the human condition. One thing that makes me keep coming back to it as a spiritual guide is that scripture doesn’t require that we use our imaginations to see how truly evil we can be, but also our capacity for goodness. The potential is there to go both directions.

Which one will we choose? How does holy scripture both convict and save us?


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