-Theme: Protection of His people. A prayer for God to do whatever it takes to convince the nations of the world that He is indeed God. Sooner or later all will acknowledge that the LORD is in charge.
-Historical Insight: A Psalm of Asaph or possibly one of his descendants. Israel’s enemies (Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria) are indicted for conspiring and cohorting against the children of God for overthrow and destruction of His Kingdom. These are traditional and historical enemies of Israel in the surrounding regions of the Middle East.
-*Application* There are definitely times that we cry out for our God to awake and thunder His answers rather than the “still small Voice” that is often characteristic of His ways (1 Kings 19:12, KJV). How many times have we seen our own enemies “make an uproar” and exalt themselves planning schemes in tandem against us as we, as Christians, attempt to do the righteous thing? This can be debilitating unless we remember this Psalm and claim its promises. God will fight for us even against formidable foes in the highest of spiritual places. But, the imprecatory prayer against God’s enemies can be applied to us if we are not walking with Christ. God’s people will be everlasting, His haters will blow away like “whirling dust” or “chaff before the wind” as the LORD pursues them. Dishonor, shame, and terror should drive all of us to seek the Name of the true God. When we do, we will find His peace, rest, humility, and eternal glory. He is the most High over all the earth (Psalm 83:18).
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 83:18