May 13, 2020 Daily Devotional

1 Lord, I have so many enemies!

So many are standing against me.

2 So many are talking about me:

“Even God won’t help him.”

3 But you, Lord, are my shield!

You are my glory!

You are the one who restores me.

4 I cry out loud to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy mountain.

5 I lie down, sleep, and wake up

because the Lord helps me.

6 I won’t be afraid of thousands of people

surrounding me on all sides.

7 Stand up, Lord!

Save me, my God!

In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;

shatter the teeth of the wicked!

8 Rescue comes from the Lord!

May your blessing be on your people!

David uses some imagery in this writing that I would tend to shy away from,

asking God to hit folks on the jaw or shatter teeth is not something I would

encourage. Although, I think what it tells us is that David is, once again, at

his wits end AND is coming before God with honesty, even if it feels a little

extreme. I have a wee story about this Psalm...

One afternoon I was in my office at the drug and alcohol where I used to

work in Nashville, my door knocked and a client came in and said, "You

know the way you told us to read through the Psalms, well the third one is

my favorite, it talks about shattering the teeth of my enemies!" (Don't worry

- there was lots of sarcasm in this statement).

We both laughed and talked at length about why that verse had struck a

chord. Even though it seems extreme, it was David's ability to be totally

honest with God about how he was feeling that made this text come alive

for this client. She went on to say, "Obviously God wasn't going to answer

this prayer, but God didn't hate David for saying it. I suppose it's more

constructive for me to bring those angry feelings to God than to hit

someone."

This Psalm acknowledges the range of feelings we experience. Bring it all

to God, friends, the pain, the anger, the joy, the fear, the hope, bring it all.

As our prayer today, I want to offer this hymn, written by Iona's John Bell,

Inspired by Love and Anger...




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