Psalm 83 - spiritual reality behind events and how you can pray
Although this Psalm speaks of nations and realities far back in history, we find much of the same spirit and intent, in the nations whom so oppose, and seek to destroy Israel today.
We will only quote small portions of the psalm here and recommend you read it for yourself.
What is the heart motive of the nations who war with Israel
Psa. 83:4 They say, â€œCome, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!â€
Psa. 83:12 who said, â€œLet us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.â€
What do they do?
Psa. 83:3 They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.
The root of it is a hatred of God himself
Psa. 83:2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads
Psa. 83:5 For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenantâ€” (see psalm 2 for a further elucidation of this point.)
How we can pray, and the motive for such strong praying
Psa. 83:17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace,
Psa. 83:18 that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
[Remember that we are praying against those evil organizations and not the innocent civilians who are being used as human shields by Hamas.]
Zechariah 12 - Another view of the same conflict
Reading Zechariah 12 leaves no doubt as to Godâ€™s point of view regarding the nations that come against Jerusalem.
In reading this chapter, one cannot fail to find that the restoration of Israel is bitterly opposed by the nations of the world. This opposition results not in harm to Israel, but in grave consequences for those nations.
God Himself is deeply involved in this epic battle. (vv. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 ) Read especially vv 9 and 10 together and see how these things work together.
May the Lord open His Word to your heart and make it real. May His Word produce faith in your heart and give you light and wisdom to know how to stand before Him in this crucial hour.
Ofer Amitai - Jerusalem Prayer Center