Psa 83: Lord, deal with our enemies
song. A psalm of Asaph.
Comments: Although using specific past enemies as examples
[v.9-12], the present psalm does not state specifically who their
present enemies are until verses 6-8. The psalmist calls on the
Lord to hear them [v.1] and to take note of their enemies who
are plotting against them [v.2-5] and then deal with them [v.13-15],
bringing them shame and disgrace [v.16-18] in their defeat by
Him [implied]. A psalm of deliverance from enemies.]
A call for the Lord's attention
God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
Request to note the enemy plotting against His people
how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel's name is remembered no
one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you –
The specific enemy identified
tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot's descendants.
Destroy them as you did of the Midianites of old
to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the
perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.
their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
said, ‘Let us take possession
of the pasture-lands of God.'
Blow them away, burn them up, chase them away
them like tumble-weed, my God,
like chaff before the wind.
fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
Bring on them the shame they deserve so they know you are the
their faces with shame, Lord
so that they will seek your name.
they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
may they perish in disgrace.
them know that you, whose name is the Lord
that you alone are the Most High over
all the earth.
A straight-forward, simple psalm of deliverance that reminds
us of the various enemies Israel suffered
to Psa 84