As Eugene Peterson put it, Psalm 137 is the scandal of the Psalter. At the same time, the raw hate of the psalm’s conclusion takes us to that subterranean location where the foundations of justice are exposed.
In life, in the psalms, hate, retribution, and justice are inextricably woven together. It’s not just 137 that is “spoiled” by its conclusion. So is 139. Or perhaps we are the spoiled ones, not the psalms. What does it mean to offer up hate and hope for retribution in prayer?