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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 83

he designs of the enemies of Israel. (1-8) Earnest prayer for their defeat. (9-18)

Verses 1-8: Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as the psalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especially wicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. He takes them under his special protection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent to destroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united? Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind. They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and all that preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they would bring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God's church have always been many: this magnifies the power of the Lord in preserving to himself a church in the world.

Verses 9-18: All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.


David Burnette's Life Application

Overwhelming Evidence


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 83. In our text today we see a theme of combating God's enemies though the prayers for God to show his power. In making application we see that God is still in control and shows those who rebel against Him that He is Lord. Through the evidence of nature, creation, weather, history, Jesus, and the cross we see the Power of God being witnessed to a lost and dying world. Add to that the testimony of us who have been redeemed as we allow Christ to live in and through us and you see the overwhelming truth that sinners have to overlook to continue in their lost condition. How about you? Do you see the truth of the evidence that Jesus is Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that God is in control and gives overwhelming evidence to His Power and Lordship.

 

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Psalm 83

Psalm 83

 1Keep 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.