O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. Don't you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don't you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. Come, they say, let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence. Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you” these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites; Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna, for they said, Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God! O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind! As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth. Psalms 83:1-18N NLT The enemies of God's people had formed an alliance to destroy them. Matthew Henry, a biblical commentator, has suggested that this instance may refer to Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. In that portion of scripture we read Jehoshaphat's prayer (vs. 12). He called upon God to stop the enemy forces from destroying the people of Judah. Judah was no military match for the approaching forces. God heard his prayer and activated His sovereign might on their behalf. The only thing Judah had to do was form a choir to sing praises to God and have them march in front of their army. They sang "Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love ("mercy" KJV and "lovingkindness" NASB) endures forever!" As they sang God's praises, the enemy turned upon themselves and killed one other. Judah collected the spoils and it took them three days to gather it all. God demonstrated His power when they praised Him. Have you ever "felt" like God was not responding to a situation in your life? The "seeming" silence can be unsettling to our mortal being. Like the psalmist, we must cry out to God and pour out this struggle before Him. God is not upset with us when we express our concerns to Him. He knows our frame. We are finite creatures living in a fallen world. Circumstances make it easy to become prey to doubt and fear. When this happens, we must call upon God to dispel the darkness and bring us back into the light. When you "feel" like God is silent and you think defeat is certain, praise Him! Lift your voice and shout out His faithfulness. He's never failed you before! He won't now! No matter how lopsided the situation may appear, just remember that God is the majority!!! If He is with you, and for you, who can stand against you? What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT
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Rev. Curtis Norris