The Psalmist does not have a concept of the afterlife. The afterlife is a later religious development punctuated by Jesus' resurrection. This particular psalm of lament is powerful, and spiritually helpful in my own times of despair. But, because of Jesus, I do not share the same theology as the Psalmist. Nor, I believe, did I as a fundamentalist biblicist. So why did I think I had to swallow other parts of the bible without analysis in light of Jesus? Genocide. It's never right. Joshua and Moses and Samuel were wrong. There is never a God permitted occasion to kill men, women and children. That is contradictory to a God who is love, who lived a life like Jesus', who gave his life for his enemies.
We do it all the time. There is nothing wrong with deciding what is true or not in the Bible in comparison with Jesus.
Not everything biblical is Christian.
This is part 18 of the series, Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part one points out that the words of Satan recorded in the Bible are not Christian doctrine. Part two shows the Sermon on the Mount overruling the cursing of enemies exhibited in Psalm 137. Parts three and four show Moses getting overruled by Ezekiel and Jesus. Part five merely brushes the concept of source criticism. Part six looks at the Old Testament application in the early church: a brief summary of the book of Acts. Part seven looks at how the church has worked this out regarding slavery. Part eight, showed one example of how an unchristian part of the Bible helps tell the Christian story. Part nine asks who would Jesus hate? Part 10 discusses women as Biblically approved spoils of war. Part 11 discusses divorce. Part 12 discusses the imposition of Bronze Age social constructs onto our diverse and complex modern world. Part 13 discusses women as property in the Biblical world. Part 14 discusses dehumanization of people with Biblical support. Part 15 discusses the evangelical culture that tends to proclaim the terrible day of the Lord is around the next corner. Part 16 shows how the end of the book of Job overrules 90% of the soliloquies in the book. Part 17 discusses a Psalm of confession.