In whom do you take pleasure in your life?
On whom do you pray God's vengeance?
Psalm 149 contains both prayers of victory and prayers for vengeance. How does this combination make you feel, particularly when verses 6 and 7 read like this:
6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
7 to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples
Does this Psalm read differently from the perspective of oppressed people? How?
Flip through the Psalms. Which others contain both positive and cringe-worthy prayers? Contact your pastor or trusted faith leader and ask them what they do with these Psalms that combine praise with celebrations of violence.