Psalm 83 A Psalm of Aspah’s Family
1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
It would seem from the way the writer starts out this psalm that they are not hearing from God and the enemy is coming against them. Do you feel that way sometimes? Do you have all kinds of things coming against you and God just doesn’t seem to be there at all? We want to hear from God. We want to know that everything’s going to be alright. We want to say God is right there with us. But He seems to be silent. Why do you suppose God does that?
To me, there can be two things going on here. First,sometimes God keeps silent so that we will trust him more. Trust in the middle of the storm is hard, but if God is trying to grow our faith He may put us in the middle of the storm and then ask us to rely on Him. And then He made just leave us there and see how we react. He will always get us out of that storm, but when we’re in the middle of it He wants to see if we trust Him. The second thing is perhaps they’re not listening. Maybe God is speaking and moving and they just don’t know it. Sometimes when God is the most quiet in our lives is when He is working the hardest. He’s working underneath the surface trying to mold and shape us into the person He knows that we can be.
I would encourage you, that in times when it seems God is silent don’t question the silence. Just keep on praising the Lord and loving Him as you always have because He said He’d never leave us or forsake us. So we know that He is there and we can trust Him in this circumstance just like any other.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
The enemy again lifted up their head, taking counsel against Israel. They want to cut them off as a nation so that Israel will be no more. This sounds like it’s right out of the news today doesn’t it? How many countries would love to see Israel wiped off the map. Seems like history never changes. What is it about Israel that everybody hates?
My opinion is that it’s because they serve the God of the universe, the God that is above all other Gods, and God has declared that they are a special nation. Their little tiny strip of land is surrounded by their enemies, who would love to destroy them. But God holds out His hands and says no. I think it’s so important the United States continue its full support of Israel. I think if we ever pulled away and said Israel is not a friend anymore, it not only would destroy Israel,but it would destroy the heart of this country as well.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
The writer starts to talk about all of the different groups of people that are coming against Israel. I’m not going to spend any time on this but just know that these are all nations that were there when they conquered the land, and they’re still there. They were supposed to wipe them all out, but they did not, and now that is coming back to haunt them. In verse 9 the writer asks God to take care of them and make them feel like the dung of the earth. They were planning to take the house of God for a possession and God needs to step up and not let them do that
13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.
So the writer asked asks God to make them like a wheel that they’ll roll away. He asks God to make them like stubble before the wind, and I think of a tumbleweed when he says that – they’ll just tumble out of the way. He asks God to make them like wood burning in the fire. He asks God to persecute them with the tempest, to send a storm their way and fill their faces with shame. But the reason that the writer wants God to do that is so that these people will seek God.
When you have an enemy is it your desire to destroy your enemy or is it your desire to save your enemy? As born-again believers in Jesus Chris,t our desire should be to save our enemy, give them the salvation message just like we would anybody else. The last thing we should do is destroy them because God is the God of vengeance. He will take care of them for us. Our duty is to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they might come to him. Even the psalmist knew that. If you look at Verse 18, after he talks about all the things that he wants God to do to them, he said the reason then I want you to do this God is so they’ll know that you are the most high over all the earth. The goal was to get them to acknowledge God. This is exactly the way that we should think about our enemies. Love them into the kingdom if it all possible so that God does not have to take judgement on them. This is the way it should be