MUSING – April 25 2018
“O LORD, look how my enemies have increased! Many are attacking me. Many are saying about me, “Even with God on his side, he won’t be victorious.” Selah But you, O LORD, are a shield that surrounds me. You are my glory. You hold my head high.
I call aloud to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah I lie down and sleep. I wake up again because the LORD continues to support me. I am not afraid of the tens of thousands who have taken positions against me on all sides. Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! You have slapped all my enemies in the face. You have smashed the teeth of wicked people. Victory belongs to the LORD! May your blessing rest on your people. Selah “
You know Chuck Norris the martial artist, movie and TV star as though guy who can take down any bad guy. Have heard Chuck Norris jokes?
- Chuck Norris’ facial hair is known to cut diamonds.*
- When an episode of Walker Texas Ranger was aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.*
- Chuck Norris doesn’t bowl strikes, he just knocks down one pin and the other nine faint*
- And my favourite: Before the boogeyman goes to sleep, here checks under the bed for Chuck Norris.*
Now you’re asking yourself, “Why are you telling us Chuck Norris jokes?”
Because when I read, “O my God! You have slapped all my enemies in the face. You have smashed the teeth of wicked people.” it made me think of an action adventure movie where the victim is surrounded by tens of thousands on every side. But that doesn’t stop our hero who fights his way through these legions and then stands guard over the victim so that he can sleep peacefully. And no one cares to attack.
David may have taken some poetic license in this Psalm but he new fullwell what it was like to be a hunted man. King Saul personally tried to kill David. When that failed he sent his army after David.**. But David trusted God to be his shield and was able to rest in His assurances.
We have a mighty God who is greater than all of our troubles.
**1 Samuel 19
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