August 27, 2021

O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!” For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. (Psalm 83:1-8)

As I read (Psalm 83:1-8) this morning, I sensed the heartfelt cries of Asaph to God as his people (Israel) were being attacked by their enemies. What came to mind was the most recent missile attacks on Israel by surrounding countries. In (v.2), Asaph identifies the conspirators as God’s enemies, “For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate You have raised their heads.” And in (v.3), Asaph reminds the Lord that those who “hate You” are now coming against “Your people.” The way Asaph saw it, the enemies of God were attacking God, and God’s people were caught in the crossfire.

Sadly, this is happening in our lives today. There will be times when we face opposition merely because we happen to be God’s children. Our enemy, Satan, is in a long-running battle with God, and for thousands of years, he has waged warfare against the Lord by attacking those who love Him.

Friends, if you are finding yourself in a spiritual battle today, the question becomes, “How do you respond when the attacks of Satan come?” I will be discussing more on that question during my next couple days of “Thought” posts. But, until then, would you Pray with me?

Lord, I need the whole armor of God to protect myself from the fiery darts of the enemy because I am no match for the enemy without You and Your presence with me. Help me to keep the Word of God close to my heart so that I can know that You promise never to forsake me and never leave me, and You are faithful to Your own Word, so help me to trust in You through Your Word when I am feeling attacked. Father God, when these attacks come, send Your Spirit to remind me to focus on Jesus and that He has already had victory over the enemy and crushed all opposition to Your Kingdom, so let me trust in You, and fix my gaze upon Jesus, Who alone has brought the victory, so now I have no need to fear, and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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