troy the enemies (Psalm 83:1-4)
– Enemies from different nations allied to attack Israel (Psalm 83:5-8)
– The psalmist pleaded God to help Israel defeat the enemies like during the time of the judges (Psalm 83:9-12)
– The psalmist pleaded God to take away the enemies and set Israel free like the tumbleweed being blown by the wind (Psalm 83:13-16)
– The psalmist pleaded God to destroy the enemies so that they will perish in disgrace (Psalm 83:17-18)
Psalm 83 Summary
In Psalm 83:1-4, the psalmist, Asaph, pleaded God not to ignore their situation and let the enemies bully their nations. The enemies wanted to destroy the nation of Israel so that they will not be remembered anymore.
In Psalm 83:5-8, the enemies from different nations had joined forces to attack Israel including Edom, Ishmaelites, Moab, Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, Tyre and Assyria.
In Psalm 83:9-12, the psalmist pleaded God to destroy the enemies of the Israelites like how he had helped Barak to defeat Sisera and Jabin at Kishon river, and how Gideon and his armies had destroyed Oreb, Zeeb (Judges 7:25), Zebah and Zalmunna (Judges 8:1-21).
In Psalm 83:13-16, the psalmist pleaded God to save the Israelites and take the enemies away from them, like the wind blow away the tumbleweed or chaff. He pleaded God to destroy the enemies like fire consumes the forest so that their faces will be covered with shame.
In Psalm 83:17-18, the psalmist pleaded God to help the Israelites defeat the enemies so that they will be ashamed and perish in disgrace. In this way, everyone on earth that see this testimony and praise God’s name.
Psalm 83 Bible Study
1. Pray to God when you face problems
The psalmist prayed to God to deliver Israel from the enemies. When you face problem, you must discuss it with God and ask him to help you. It is important that you discuss all your problems with God because God cares for you and he wants you to tell him your problem so that he can help you. You should not expect God to help you if you don’t pray and discuss it with God. God knows our needs but he wants us to ask him for help in prayer. In Philippians 4:6, be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. In Matthew 7:7, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: