This Psalm ends with their responses to being cursed. The first is somewhat pitiful:
Verse 5-6- "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy."
That may sound holy enough, but what they say next reveals much, maybe too much for our tastes, about what they had become through unbelief, selfishness, and bitterness:
Verse 7-9- "Remember. O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."
Beloved, when we study the entire Bible, God makes us look at some unpleasant and difficult things. The Bible is not a story book. It's not meant to entertain or tantalize. It's real. And nothing is so frightening as what is real. Yet, I want to make something very clear here. I do not condemn the Israelites of that day. They were not so different from you or me. If we do not obey our New Covenant commandments (to love God with our whole hearts and our neighbors (even our enemies!) as ourselves) we can wind up defeated, bitter, and obsessed with vengeance. I've seen it in others. I've seen in the Church today. And, sadly, I've flirted with it myself in my own Christian life and ministry. O, yes, God has a curse for me too. I am no better than they were, and I know it, beloved! But just when I arrive at my Babylon, just when I'm reaching out to hang up my harp for good, help arrives!
You see, you and I live under a better Covenant than the one the people in this Psalm had (see Hebrews 8:6). It's not better because we are any better. We are not. But we have better leadership. We have Christ. He's better than Abraham (see John 8:56-58), Moses (see Hebrews 3:1-3), Joshua (see Hebrews 4:8), David (see Matt 22:42-45), Solomon or Jonah (see Luke 11:31-32). And WHEN we FOLLOW and OBEY Him, we are superior, too. At least, that is what Christ has said of us:
Luke 7:28- "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
The New Covenant is a miracle. It's the greatest news. OUR leader is not just a man influenced by God. He is God. God with us! God taking all the curse for us! If you are in Babylon today, beloved, just take His hand and walk out.