Psalm 83 – Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel

Published July 12, 2023 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

What do you do, when the Church of Jesus Christ is under attack? How about, begin with prayer? Listen to the Psalmist of Psalm 83.

1 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.”

There is no strength like the LORD God’s strength.

Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”

Note also, not to get caught up in your own glory, but God’s.

16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

Our King is a conquering King. Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

Bless Your holy name. Bless your name in the midst of Your enemies. Teach the faithless to know You, whatever the cost. It was the cost of Your Son’s life, by which I have been made to know You. Let Your name be known. In Jesus name, Amen.

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