PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 3
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Arise, Lord… strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.” Psalm 3:7)
People read the Psalms for comfort and inspiration… but what about this verse?
Did God’s Spirit inspire these words — they seem so harsh, so NOT like Jesus.
For context, David is being chased by violent thugs working for his rebellious son.
They were attacking those loyal to David – striking their jaws, smashing their teeth!
Here we have the honest prayer of the victim seeking justice from God.
‘May they know the horror of what they are doing, so they will stop’.
If people really knew how their actions hurt others, if they experienced it themselves…
Do we realize how serious sin is, how much pain and sorrow it causes?
I believe God sends Jesus to show us – through the cross – how horrible our sin is.
In a sense, through Jesus, God has His jaw struck, His teeth smashed.
Jesus – a totally innocent man – willingly asccepts the violence of sin, to break it.
Jesus the Lord does “arise”, not through violence but through humility and grace.
He does this for the victims, and the victimizers, to set us all free!
With David, we look to the Lord to “arise” and “deliver us!”, and He does!
Lord, I pray for victims in the world today. Open the eyes of their victimizers, and show us the way to END the cycle of violence. Arise Lord!!!