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Psalm 83 for America

June 23, 2020

While reading, at random, last night, I focused on Psalm 83. And was astonished.

It is a prayer OF Israel FOR Israel, which every Christian American will do well to pray for America. Immediately! And often. It is aptly entitled, in one commentary, “Prayer, the Reaction in Crisis.”  

The prayer focuses on deliverance from enemies, foreign and domestic. “No such widespread alliance of adjacent states as is described in vv. 6-8 is mentioned in the Old Testament.”

The purpose of Israel’s enemies:

“They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’”

It calls for God’s immediate action and asks for two results:

“That they (the enemy peoples) may seek your name, O God,”(v.16)
and
“That men may know that you, whose name alone is Jehovah, and the most high over all the earth.” (v.18)

Israel was not (ever!) perfect, but the people desperately wanted peace in their land and for God to get all the glory for their deliverance in a horrific time of need. 

We need millions of praying people reading and praying Psalm 83 for America.

Bill Anderson