August 30, 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 we continue our look at (Psalm 83:1-8) this morning, I left everyone with the question, “How do we respond when the attacks of Satan come?” First, as the palmist Asaph did, we need to cry out to God in prayer for His help (vs. 1-4), “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!” Asaph asked God to use His all-surpassing power.

Sometimes Satan uses people (family, friends, or co-workers) to advance his agenda; as he does, our opposition becomes personal. When that happens, we must remember and be mindful of Paul’s words in (Ephesians 6:12), “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Our fight is never against people. So often, we are tempted to make conflicts personal, as that misdirects our focus. When that happens, Paul reminds us in (Ephesians 6:13), “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Paul tells us that we need every piece of God’s arsenal to battle Satan and all his evil forces.

Friends, if you are amidst a spiritual battle today, I encourage you to cry out to God as Asaph did; let God handle what only He can handle. In tomorrow’s “Thought” post, we will look specifically at how Asaph prayed against Israel’s enemies (Psalms 83:9-18). But, until then, would you pray with me?

Father, I bow before You to give thanks for Jesus. He showed me how to fight. In His life and crucifixion, Father, I can see exactly how Jesus used the Armor of God. I thank You for Paul and for using him in such a powerful way. There are so many things that Jesus and Paul taught me, Father, and I have seen from their lives how to fight a good fight. I pray that You would equip me with the armor of God and teach me how to use the pieces. I also pray for the strength I need to fight my battles. You said in (Isaiah 54:17), “No weapon formed against us will ever prosper,” I ask in Jesus’s name that You fulfill this in my life today. Thank You for uplifting my body, mind, and spirit each day. In Jesus’s Name, I pray. Amen.

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

 

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