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! (8313) Psalm 84:10 is one verse that should be the motto of every person aspiring to leadership within Christ’s church.

SJA Notes

We see two wonderful sets of prayers here, so much wisdom and spiritual meat to chew over.

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

There are some parts of this psalm that are maybe a little hard to process, asking God to make our enemies like Sisera and Jabin who became dung for the ground.

But don’t shy away from this. Let’s wrestle with what it means!

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 pray this for our enemies – What reasoning do we have for them when we speak to those outside of Jesus?

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

How great is this cry! This truth! I WOULD RATHER BE …

And why?

Because “… The LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor.”

We have a better story! Let’s be encouraged and convicted to tell the world about it.

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