March 16, Reading 2 – Psalm 83, 84

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SAA Notes

Asaph was torn to see the enemies of God’s people conspire to destroy His church. His prayer is: Make them like tumbleweed, like chaff, Lord! (83:13) Psalm 84:10 is one verse that should be the motto of every person aspiring to leadership within Christ’s church.

SJA Notes

“Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD.”

The first prayer in today’s passage can be a little hard to process. Asaph asks God to make the enemies of God and specifically of His people as dung for the ground.

We should not shy away from this prayer, we need to wrestle with what it means.

Because today we still have enemies. The world hates our King and us who follow Him. And there are people who themselves are working for evil, to pull apart and tear down God’s church (we the body, Christ the head).

We do want God to pursue them with His tempest. To terrify them with His hurricane.

SO THAT … So that they may seek His name; So that they may know that He alone is Most High over all the earth.

And what of us who might pray for our enemies thusly?

The second pray in this passage has such deep and important words for us,

“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

This is a cry for all Christians, all those who would follow Jesus!

Our state of mind is to be always recognising God’s grace to us, His mercy to us, our own frailty and desperate need – Humility and meekness in hard-won hard-fought practice each day in our lives.

* God Above,

Thank You that because of what You have done we have such a story for the nations around us – That You have rescued us, redeemed us, restored us; And that Your salvation is for all! There are none too far gone.

Lord please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.

Amen.

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