* The following was taken from Doug Giles’ new best-selling book, Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass (#1 on Amazon.com).
The wrath of God.
There’s a subject that gets about as much attention in Church today as Rosie O’Donnell’s treadmill does at her house.
Lots of pastors won’t touch this topic with a ten-foot pew because it is “too negative” and not very “seeker sensitive”.
In other words, they’re wussies, driven by the approval of men, and governed not by the Holy Spirit, but demon spirits, sent to deceive people who like their ears tickled and thus plunging them into an everlasting hell.
The Bible, on the other hand, talks a lot about the wrath of God. And that includes the New Testament where heretical pastors tell us God has changed and isn’t this mean old God anymore but has morphed into a sweet socialist who wears sandals and has a universal view on salvation.
My foul flesh would love the aforementioned to be true, but alas, it’s bunkum.
Indeed, the wrath of God flowed through the hermeneutical filter of the Cross right into the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.
The letter to The Romans mentions the wrath of God nine times and the book of Revelation mentions the wrath of God thirteen times.
In Psalm 79, Asaph, asks God to pay back the enemies of God “sevenfold” (or seven times) the reproach, wherewith they have reproached God.”
Yes, dear Christian, God does execute His holy and just wrath against the impenitent and implacable who have cursed Christ and spurned His people.
And Psalm 79 is the 24th example of that which has been spotlighted in this book.
Oh, one more thing.
While you’re memorizing John 3:16, also commit to memory John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
By the way, The Holy Spirit inspired both John 3:16 and John 3:36.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance;
They have defiled Your holy temple;
They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the dead bodies of Your servants to the birds of the sky as food,
The flesh of Your godly ones to the animals of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem;
And there was no one to bury them.
4 We have become a disgrace before our neighbors,
An object of derision and ridicule to those around us.
5 How long, Lord? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You,
And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob
And laid waste his settlement.
8 Do not hold us responsible for the guilty deeds of our forefathers;
Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us,
For we have become very low.
9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
And save us and forgive our sins for the sake of Your name.
10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Let vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed
Be known among the nations in our sight.
11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your power, let those who are doomed to die remain.
12 And return to our neighbors seven times as much into their lap
Their taunts with which they have taunted You, Lord.
13 So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture
Will give thanks to You forever;
To all generations we will tell of Your praise.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.