Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused.
This verse is Psalm 140:9, where David is speaking of his enemies. Many scholars say its when he was fleeing King Saul, and thus referring to him and his men. I want to show you a different take on this verse, something of a revelation I had while reading it this morning.
Let me begin by saying that what I am about to write might stir up some controversy. You can choose to agree with me, or think I’m way off base…that’s the beauty of opinion.
You might know that right now the Muslims are celebrating Ramadan, the 40 day Islamic fast. I have been also been taking this time to pray for different Muslim countries around the world each day. I work with Sudanese Muslims, and I feel its important for me to do this.
In addition, my devotional this morning was Psalm 140. When I came to verse 9, something clicked. Maybe its because of Ramadan or my work or whatever, but I saw something in that verse that stuck out to me….let the heads be covered.
Now, mind you, I am no Biblical Scholar…but I do know who the enemies of Israel were during that time: Phillistines, Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, etc. All the “ites“. Those that surrounded Israel at that time weren’t too different from those surrounding Israel today.
The connection goes all the way back to Abraham and his sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Ishmael was the son of the Egyptian slave, Hagar, who was banished to the desert. Ishmael had 12 sons; and if you research them, you will find out they are the Arab people groups who happen to also be the ones today surrounding the land of Israel.
So, what does this have to do with the covering of heads part? Stay with me, I’m almost there. As you know, most Arabs are Muslim (about 90%). And, you might be aware that NOW, Muslim women wear hijab’s (headcoverings). I say now, because it wasn’t always so. Wearing the hijab only became mainstream in the 70’s when Islam really started flourishing. So, if you put the two together, past and present, you get the (past) enemies of Israel covering their (present) heads with hijabs.
You might think I’m completely crazy for correlating David’s plea to God regarding his enemies to a modern day Islamic practice, but let me remind you that God has a crazy way of doing things sometimes, and revealing the truth to us. A talking donkey? Living in a whale’s belly? Marching around a wall for 7 days?
Why wouldn’t he answer a prayer from thousands of years ago today in a most unconventional way? Our timing is not His!
(Just another little nugget to chew on this week…..)