A YELLOW-BELLY GOD? NOT A CHANCE!

Psalm 3:7

As we continue our journey together through the craggy terrain of the lonely planet of our lives with the book of Psalms in our hand, I want to ask a very disturbing question: Is God a yellow-belly coward?

It’s very easy in our sanitised society to be lulled into the false view that God is somehow a yellow-belly: a coward, shrinking back from defending his people in time of need. At times we may even feel we need to justify or defend God’s apparent cowardice. However, in Psalm 3 King David shows us that nothing could be further from the truth. In verse 7 David says:

‘… for you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.’

What a shocking and graphic image of God’s saving work on behalf of the psalmist: a teeth-smashing, cheek-scarring offensive, for the sake of King David.

What was true in a very specific situation for King David was gloriously surpassed by Jesus’ offensive against sin on our behalf! He struck out against our enemy, disarming sin’s power for our sake (Colossians 2:14-15). He broke the fangs of sin and crushed the head of the enemy (Genesis 3:15b), for you and me!

Christianity is not an ancient self-help course; it is essentially the decisive and shocking offensive of God against sin for helpless sin-ensnared people like you and me. It is so important that we see and savour this decisive victory. Jesus was no yelly-belly coward. He went to the cross, laying down his life for you and me, so that he could break the teeth of our enemy. Hallelujah!

Why don’t you use this verse today to stir a fresh sense of wonder at the saving work of Jesus for you?

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