Psalm 83

Psalm 83 is a prayer for the defeat of Israel’s enemies.

Several nations were conspiring to wipe Israel out as a nation.

God, do not keep silent.
Do not be deaf, God; do not be quiet.
See how your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have acted arrogantly.
They devise clever schemes against your people;
they conspire against your treasured ones.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation
so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.”
For they have conspired with one mind;
they form an alliance against you— (v. 1-5 CSB)

The psalmist Asaph asks for God to completely defeat these enemy nations. But the prayer doesn’t stop there.

The psalmist asks that the defeat the enemies suffer will drive them to seek God’s name, that God’s victory will cause them to know that Yahweh alone is Most High over all the earth.

Cover their faces with shame
so that they will seek your name, LORD. (v. 16 CSB)

May they know that you alone—
whose name is the LORD—
are the Most High over the whole earth. (v. 18 CSB)

In a time of intense persecution, the psalmist leads God’s people to not only pray for their enemies’ defeat, but to pray that their enemies would seek God and glorify His name.

Nations still conspire to wipe Israel off the map.
Enemies of the cross are persecuting Christ-followers around the world.

Let’s pray that their plans will be defeated, that they will seek God’s name, and that they will know that God alone – Yahweh – is Most High over the whole earth.

Father, today I pray for the enemies of Your people. For those who conspire against Israel and those who persecute Christians, I pray that You would defeat their plans. Instead, may Your enemies repent and seek Your name. Let them know that You alone are the Most High over the whole earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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