About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Commentary On Psalm 83
commentary is based on the 1984 edition of the New International Bible.
The chapter titles in this commentary are the same as the NIV
Bible that makes for easier comparison.
start, we note that this psalm is a psalm of Asaph.
Asaph was the father of the clan who were designated as singers
and musicians at the
1 opens with the words "O God".
To me, this suggests right away that this psalm is a heart felt
plea to God on behalf of the psalmist.
pleaded with God not to be silent, not to be still in the face of His
enemies. In verse 2 Asaph
points out that the enemies of God are rearing their heads.
We must understand that the enemies of God in this situation are
in fact the enemies of Israel.
plea reminds me of the saints who had been killed in the service of the
Lord that is found in Revelation 6.
Those saints called out to God, asking when He would avenge their
murderers, who were in fact the enemies of God.
verse 3 we note that with cunning craftiness
verse 4 the motivating factor that drives
5 begins what many Bible prophecy teachers feel is very relevant for us
today. It states that
"with one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against
you". There are a
couple of things to note here. One
is that there is more than one nation plotting against Israel. They have formed an
alliance. The other thing to
note in this verse is, "who is this alliance actually plotting
against"? The text
states that they are plotting against "you". The pronoun
"you" is in reference to God.
The enemies of
words with "one mind" are important.
This attack that is spoken of here is well thought out, well
devised, and it is a unanimous decision by those nations involved.
verses 6 through 8 there are a number of nations listed.
There are some minor discrepancies
between some Bible teachers to what these nations correspond to today.
That being said, all scholars are pretty well convinced
that the ten nations spoken of here presently surround Israel.
prophecy teachers have linked the battle spoken of here to the battle of
Ezekiel 38 and 39, but that really can't be.
The main reason for this is that the nations in Psalm 83 don't
match the nations that are listed in Ezekiel 38.
Bible teachers suggest that there are as many as nine battles that take
place at the end of this age. That
might well be so. On the other hand, one battle might well lead into
another battle, making it
hard to distinguish from one battle to the next.
verse 6 to the end of the chapter Asaph pleads with God to totally
destroy these attacking nations. I
will not comment on each of these verses, other than to note that the
plea is for total destruction.
chapter ends in verse 18 with what Asaph feels is the reason for God
destroying these nations. The
reason is legitimate because God Himself states this throughout the
Bible. The final purpose of
this battle, and really, all that God does, is to make known to the
nations of the world that "Yahweh" is the Most
High over all the world. He
is the only true God, and at the end of the book of Revelation, you will
note that the whole world will know this to be true.