Psalm 109:26-31 “Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy: That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it. Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul”.
I have asked the opinion of many pastors and men in authority over God’s flock, their opinion on using the Psalms as a basis for prayer guidelines; they emphatically cautioned me against praying “bad prayers”. I’m not sure how to take that advice because, King David was one of the most prolific poets of all time and he was “a man after God’s heart” and in my humble opinion, I believe he was the father of the Mafia. What better recommendations, right? I love the Psalms; at one point in my life, I couldn’t do any other scriptures other than the Psalms and Proverbs. So I set out to find why these holy folks thought it prudent not to utilize David’s methodology for praying.
In my lowly opinion, I think David had a spirit just like Jeremiah the prophet: he loved to cry. He could be eating a piece of pie and start to cry because it was so delicious. He squeezed the heart out of a situation; he was appreciative of the finer details in everything he did. He orchestrated the death of Uriah and he was slick and cunning in accomplishing this with the help of Joab, his man of war and their exchange of codes and encryption to pass messages back and forth, Uriah didn’t stand a chance (see 2 Samuel 11). He guarded Nabal’s flock and his herdsmen without permission and no expectation of payment, all he wanted was some food.
Points to note, some might disagree with me here, but I believe the premise and practice of the Mafia started with King David. Why do I say this? Take his interaction with Nabal in 1 Samuel 25 when he was refused food sustenance for his men from the rich landowner Nabal. He practically was on his way to doing some serious damage to this guy and his homestead if not for the intervention of the beautiful Abigail, who was Nabal’s wife at the time; Nabal then dies within hours from hearing he just missed being killed by David.
The incident which confirms in my mind that David was the father of the Mafia is his dying declaration in 1 Kings 2:1-10. I have to admit I have a vivid imagination, but anytime I read this scripture, all I can visualize is that dude who plays the father in the Godfather and his smarmy voice as he gives instructions. David provides a list of his enemies, their actions, his expectation from Solomon, pretty much saying, “you know what to do” and likewise rewarding those who were good to him.
This dude is crazy…he thought of events from an angle the ordinary person did not, but what was amazing about reading about him is how he was able to charm God in his words, music and approach. As a shepherd boy, he got the ears of God and he never deferred from speaking into God’s presence, so he knew the boundaries to take in most things, except the Bathsheba situation. When he was being pursued for his life by Saul, he could have killed him, but he respected God’s sanction; he could have killed Absalom and no one would have blamed him, but he relinquished his throne for peace in this instance.
I think David got to the stage many of us cannot in ministry; Saul and Absalom was ministry imitative, and he was saying, “if you want to fight for God’s business, go right ahead. It is God who promotes, not I” and he won in both cases. Uriah and Bathsheba were personal, so he dealt with this situation on a different level by utilizing his man of war persona; got him in trouble nevertheless.
Many of us have a bit of David in us, not many of know how to incorporate it in our prayer lives. But sometimes you get to the point when you have so many things coming at you, but you aren’t sure of how to express yourself before God; you just got to pull out that book of Psalms and search for the right one to express, get it out there. You’re not trying to be deep or anything, but you just want to get the hurt, pain, anxiety, offense, stigma off your back. You haven’t come to the stage of your Christian walk where you can turn the other cheek like Jesus, so you want to tell God ALL about it and about everybody who wronged you and you remember that dude called King David and you swoop down on that Psalms 59, 69 and 109 and you get into a praying frenzy.
I believe this type of Christian is the most fearful: those who have not yet learnt that they are “little ones” in God’s eyes and He is paying attention to their every cry and when they break out those deadly weapons David used to deal with their situations. If “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10 KJV), imagine what happens if they cry out to Jesus for assistance.
I don’t believe that with so much rejoicing at gaining their lives, that heaven will drop the ball if something bad is happening with them to allow the adversary to exact on them. Anything pertaining to them, their cries and calls will not be ignored. I am of the opinion that when they cry, the entire host in heaven stands to attention to find out what is wrong with them, MY GOD.