August 31, 2021

Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.”

O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane! Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O LORD. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:9-18)

Have you ever been attacked even though you were doing the right thing? Anyone having a heart for honoring God and building His Kingdom will face opposition. It should not come as a surprise to God’s people when the forces of darkness send attacks on us. God’s people have had to deal with opposition, oppression, and persecution for centuries. If we look back over thousands of years of history, the Enemy (Satan) has come time and time again with an agenda to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).

In (Psalm 83:9-18) we see Asaph crying out to God as Israel was about to be attacked by its enemies. Asaph’s prayer reveals four ways we should respond when we are coming under attack.

First, we should not be surprised when we do come under attack for righteousness’ sake. Know that our world is not friendly toward those who hold to the truth and stand for righteousness. Moreover, we are not alone. Many have been attacked and are still being attacked today.

Second, we must remember, God is in control and is for us. Asaph used examples of God shaming His enemies through supernatural acts and servants’ faithfulness like Debra, Barak in (Judges chapters 4-6), and Gideon (Judges chapters 6-8). God showed us that He is more than capable of dealing with opposition and any enemy that would stand against us. And those who stand in defiance of God’s plan and moral truth should beware.

Third, we need to continually cry out to God and trust Him to accomplish His Will. Ask Him for His power and strength. Remember, He blows the chaff away and sets the mountains on fire (vs. 13-14) tells us. He can give us the strength to stand during the attack. Ask Him to accomplish His purpose. Pray “that our enemies may seek Your name, O Lord… (and)…that they may know… You, whose name alone is the Lord” (vs. 16 and 18) tells us.

Lastly, we should praise Him for His sovereignty and for Who He is, “the Most High over all the earth” (v. 18).

Friends, it is a promise to us that stand for righteousness, we will be faced with attacks from our enemy (2 Timothy 3:12), when we do, may we remember Asaph’s four way’s to respond: “Do not be surprised when the attacks come, remember, God is in control, cry out to God and trust Him, and we should praise Him for His sovereignty. Would you pray with me?

Father, I know we are fighting an invisible enemy that we are no match for alone. These wicking spirits are in high places and are sometimes part of the rulers in our world. Lord, help us do what You would have us do to have a peaceable life so that others would hear the gospel. Lord, there is coming a time when we might not have the chance to speak about Jesus Christ in public openly. I pray that those now living in darkness in our world, who the god of this world blinds, would have their eyes opened to receive the glorious gospel so that they might be saved. Let us fight on our knees Father, having in place the armor of Your righteousness that protects us from our wicked enemies. This dark, invisible enemy and his demons hate those who are Yours Lord, so help us prepare ahead of time to ward off the enemy’s weapons and stay in Your Word to see that the enemy will eventually be defeated. I pray this in Your Son’s glorious and precious Name, Amen.

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

 

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