Today From Psalms

That Men May Know

In Psalm 83 the writer calls on God to take action against those who sought to stamp out Israel as a nation.

“Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.” (Verse 1)

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”  (Verse 4)

Because of the vast number of nations that are “confederate against them” he asks God to bring swift judgment on these nations.  “So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.”  (Verse 15)

Some might ask: how is a prayer, of this nature, consistent with the words of Jesus; “love your enemies, do good to them that persecute you?”  First, the prayer here is more of a national plea as opposed to a personal vendetta.   But there is a greater cause embedded in this psalm.

“Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.” (Verse 16)

“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”  (Verse 18)

No matter what we ask of God; when we ask God to work, in any way, it is that people might seek His name and know that God is God alone.

I am reminded of the words of James.  “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” (James 4:3)  It is easy to pray for many things and not do so for God’s glory and honor.  As such our prayers go unanswered.  This should not to discourage us.  It should teach us how to pray in a more effective way. Let us pray, but let us seek the higher goal in our praying.

“…that they may seek thy name, O Lord.” (Verse 16)

“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”  (Verse 18)

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