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Psalm 83

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The psalmist demands that God rescue Israel from her enemies. It often seems as though Israel had nothing but trouble from surrounding nations , and things don’t seem to have changed much. When, in verse 3, the writer refers to the people of God as “thy hidden ones” it reveals what the people of Israel really want : to be invisible and invulnerable to the enemy. The best defence, as they say, is a good offence- Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish.(v17)
Of course, we feel more secure with a powerful army on our side, but armies come and go. To depend on God for safety; that’s what our heavenly father wants.

1{A Song or Psalm of Asaph.} Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

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