* The following was taken from Doug Giles’ new best-selling book, Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass (#1 on Amazon.com).
I don’t know if you’ve noticed when you’re reading the Psalms, or ‘Palms’ as Joe Biden calls them, but there is a bigger than Dallas difference between the way that David prayed and sang and the way your nicer-than-Christ pastor prays and sings.
A BIG difference.
David describes the demonic hordes that have set themselves against him in Psalm 58 as …
1. Evil from the cradle.
2. Poisonous snakes.
So, what does the sweet Psalmist request of God to do regarding this bellicose bunch that’s gang tackling Jesus’ great-granddad?
Well, succinctly, David requests the following:
1. Break their teeth in their mouth.
2. Let them melt away.
3. Cut them in pieces.
4. Melt ‘em like a snail.
5. Let them not see the sun.
6. Hit ‘em with a tornado.
Can you imagine what damage Christians could do to Satan’s devices if they just got a little more biblical in their bluster when they engaged in prayer and worship, as illustrated here?
Turn them into snail slime, Oh God.
Break their teeth, Lord!
Say that next time someone asks you to pray and see what happens.
Do you indeed speak righteousness, you gods?
Do you judge fairly, you sons of mankind?
2 No, in heart you practice injustice;
On earth you clear a way for the violence of your hands.
3 The wicked have turned away from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from birth.
4 They have venom like the venom of a serpent;
Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
5 So that it does not hear the voice of charmers,
Or a skillful caster of spells.
6 God, shatter their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, Lord.
7 May they flow away like water that runs off;
When he aims his arrows, may they be as headless shafts.
8 May they be like a snail which goes along in slime,
Like the miscarriage of a woman that never sees the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns
He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.
10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And people will say, “There certainly is a reward for the righteous;
There certainly is a God who judges on the earth!”
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.