Psalm 83:1-4, 12-18



When God demonstrates His power, everyone is obliged to take notice:

Psalm 83:1-4, 12-18

Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!

For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

Who said, “Let us take for ourselves . . .


Aerial view, Green Galilee. By Israel photo gallery (Itamar Grinberg_IMOT) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

. . . the pastures of God for a possession.”

O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!
As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

The psalmist Asaph understood the evil intentions of Israel’s enemies. Rather than succumbing to intimidation, discounting the reality of evil or passively hoping it would go away, he turned to God. He knew that faith did not preclude action; but, like godly individuals throughout history, Asaph was confident no enemy could withstand the power of God.