Psalm 83: Prayer for God’s Judgment of His Enemies

What motivates God to do something?

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Psalm 83:1–2 A song of Asaph.
Don’t turn a deaf ear to us, God, sitting quietly, doing nothing.
Your enemies are in an uproar, rising up against you.
King James
Psalm 83:1–2 <A Song or Psalm of Asaph.> Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

Why do people plot against those who serve the Lord?

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Psalm 83:3–4 They are plotting against your people, those you treasure so much. “Let’s destroy them,” they say, “so Israel will no longer be recognized as a nation.
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Psalm 83:3–4 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

If scheming is planning in secret, how do people know a threat exists?

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Psalm 83:5–8 They schemed together and agreed on a plan to oppose you—Edomites, Ishmaelites, Moabites, and Hagrites, the people of Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and Phoenicia. Even Assyria has joined forces with the descendants of Lot. Pause to consider that.
King James
Psalm 83:5–8 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Why should we think a past deliverance is indicative of what God will do in the future?

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Psalm 83:9–12 Deal with them like you did to the Midianites. Do what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River, who perished at Endor, their bodies becoming fertilizer for the ground. Treat their leaders like you handled Oreb and Zeeb, like Zebah and Zalmunna who said, “Let’s take God’s land for ourselves.”
King James
Psalm 83:9–12 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

How much pleasure should we have in the destruction of our enemies? Why?

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Psalm 83:13–17 Make them like a whirlwind, like chaff that disappears with the wind.
As fire consumes a forest and lights the mountains, pursue them with your mighty storm and let them be terrified. Redden their faces with shame so they will respect you, Lord. Let them be confused and afraid until they die in disgrace.
King James
Psalm 83:13–17 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

What will cause an atheist to believe in God?

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Psalm 83:18 Let them know that the Lord is God, the supreme ruler of Earth.
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Psalm 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.