Knock Their Teeth Out
Yes, I know the title of today's blog grabbed your attention. Any time I hear knock someone's teeth out I go quickly in the other direction. However, I am glad you chose to keep reading today. In Psalms 3, I was especially intrigued when I read, "Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!" Here in God's Word we have teeth being knocked out and faces being slapped. Sounds like an extreme blog today, right?
Actually, this Psalm is for folks just like me. No, I did not get excited about going out and slapping people and knocking their teeth out, but I was charged up to know victory is found in Jesus Christ. Yes, I know as you read you are saying to yourself, "This is not a typical blog...", but I will tell you this is the ramblings from a guy who's messed up.
Really, if you have not read this Psalm you need to make plans to sit down and read it. David is facing a very hard time in his life because he is running from an enemy he thought he would never have. He is running from Absalom, his son, who desired to kill him. He wrote this: "O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people."
I was watching the new "Ben Hur" movie the other evening with my family and I was amazed at how the Romans fought in battle. When they were facing a barrage of arrows, or protecting a garrison they would, in unison, surround themselves with their shields. The arrows could not penetrate their particular arrangement. I could not help but be amazed as I watched their fighting techniques. It was amazing.
Did you notice something in the Psalm? We do not have to provide our own shields because He will become a shield for us. What does a shield do? It protects. Today, I would like you to think about the Creator of all the universe as your protector. Do you think He can do it? I do. He takes care of me all the time. He is my shield and defense.
David was also a man who was weary and tired. Ever been in that position? I know you are thinking, "Well, Joey, it's a New Year, we are all supposed to be rejuvenated and ready for everything that is coming our way." Right? I am sure there are some of you out there who are weary. You are going through some tough times and you are getting tired in the fight. You may even feel as though if you got half a chance you would quit. You are tired of that marriage that seems to be going nowhere. You are weary of that child who seems to be choosing a different way of life than he or she has been taught. You are weary in that job that is taking all your time and energy, and maybe you are even tired of the ministry that you are a part of because it seems to be stunted in its growth. Yes, I hear you out there.
Did you see what David wrote? He said he cried out to the Lord. When was the last time you did that? When was the last time I did? As a messed up person, I have chosen a lot of times to say, "I've got this", instead of crying out to the God of the universe. How smart is that? David cried out.
In his weariness he cried out to God. Did you see the next statement David said? "I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me." God answered him and he lay down and slept. Yes, he was tired, yes his enemy was pressing down on him, but when David realized God was with him, he rested. Wow! Have you ever experienced that rest? It is rest that is needed in a lot of lives today, especially in mine. We can rest in an all-protecting, all-loving, all-sufficient Savior.
There is so much more in this passage that I would love to unwrap, but when you read it I know the Lord will show you the "nuggets" which you can take with you throughout your day. David cried out for God to rescue him. I know what that is like. I have needed rescuing before. Rescued from hurts, habits, and hang-ups and even from myself.
You know what? I have been rescued and I know I will need rescuing again because the enemy is out to trip up God's people. He is our enemy and he does not think too fondly of those who follow Christ. But my God will take care of my enemies both in this life and supernaturally. So guess what? If there is any slapping of any faces or knocking out of any teeth needed along the way my Heavenly Father will definitely take care of the situation. David closed his Psalm by saying, "Victory comes from you, O Lord."
I am not a cheerleader, by any means, but today we may need to shout "V-I-C-T-O-R-Y because of my Savior that is my battle cry!" Go ahead, yell it out, it will definitely make you feel better! Nobody's looking...
Do you need victory? Do you need rest? Do you need your enemies to experience some old-fashion face slapping and teeth knocking out? (Note: Let God do the slapping and knocking out of teeth. You don't want to go to jail.) He will become your Refuge and Protection so you can rest. Trust in Him. Victory sounds good today doesn't it?