Thursday, April 23, 2009

Testosterone Driven Prayer

David was a musician, a poet, an artist. So he had the sensitive side to his personality. He could feel things deeply, and express them articulately.

However, he was also a "tough guy." As a kid, he is out in front, all alone, confronting the giant. In battle, he is in front of the troops, in the place of greatest danger. When chased by Saul, he and one other guy go right into the middle of the enemy camp and cut a piece of Sual's robe off. Gutsy!!

So it is really fun to hear this guy pray.

I call it testoterone driven prayer. Listen...
23 -26 "Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day?

Wake up! Don't you care what happens to us?

Why do you bury your face in the pillow?

Why pretend things are just fine with us?

And here we are—flat on our faces in the dirt,

held down with a boot on our necks.

Get up and come to our rescue.

If you love us so much, Help us!" (Psalm 44)

I picture Sylvestore Stallone praying like this. Or Dolph Longren. Or David the warrior...

8 -9 "God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:

O God of Jacob, open your ears—I'm praying!

Look at our shields, glistening in the sun,

our faces, shining with your gracious anointing.

10 -12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,

beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.

I'd rather scrub floors in the house of my God

than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.

All sunshine and sovereign is God,

generous in gifts and glory.

He doesn't scrimp with his traveling companions.

It's smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies." (Psalm 84)

4 -7 "Help us again, God of our help;

don't hold a grudge against us forever.

You aren't going to keep this up, are you?

scowling and angry, year after year?

Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life?

Then your people will laugh and sing!

Show us how much you love us, God!

Give us the salvation we need!" (Psalm 85)

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