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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 83

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-18

Psalms 83:1-18 is a psalm where he is speaking out of the calamities that the enemies have brought upon them and asking for God's deliverance as He had in their past history. Asking God to work, "O God, help us now, Lord."

Don't keep silence, O God: don't hold your peace, don't be still, O God ( Psalms 83:1 ).

God, do something.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones ( Psalms 83:2-3 ).

One of the difficult things today is, more or less, the silence of God. When I see the corruption that is being foistered upon the United States through the Hollywood movie industry, I see how that crafty people are making God seem like, you know, making the worship of God or people believe in God, making them look like fools. Making a person who believes in righteousness or morality to look like an Archie Bunker type, you know, a real nut. And deliberately casting a person who would stand up for good in a bad light, and glorifying the evil kind of person, making heroes out of those that are engaged in evil. Poisoning the mind of the nation.

I sometimes with the psalmist say, "God, don't keep silence. Do something, Lord. Stop them. Break their teeth in their mouths, Lord. Smash their noses against their face. God, don't keep... do something, God." I look at these ads that have been promoted by the National Council of Churches that are against the evangelicals, Norman Lear, and I say, "God, stop these evil men." The National Council of Churches hires this atheistic, humanist Norman Lear to make these ads that are against the evangelicals. And I think, "God, stop them." Terrible that they... National Council of Churches.

Now, I know that on Sunday nights we have an extremely large radio audience. In fact, the radio surveys that are made have discovered that the Sunday night broadcast here at Calvary of our service is the most listened to radio program in Orange County. It exceeds all the news programs, rock stations or anything else. And we praise the Lord for the opportunity of being on the radio and to broadcast the Sunday night services so that a lot of the people who have small children can stay home and put the kids to bed and listen to the services.

But yet, you think of all...well, the people that are listening, and you, a lot of you are come from other churches. A lot of you are involved with churches that are related to the National Council of Churches. And I'd like to say personally, I wouldn't want the slightest relationship or association to the National Council of Churches, and I would not contribute one dime to any church that supports the National Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches. And I'm just laying it out to you straight, and I think that if some of the people will just quit supporting some of these churches that do support them, that they'll start taking another look at their relationships. But I believe that the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches have done more against Christianity than perhaps almost any other groups in the world. They are not representative of the true evangelical church at all. They represent humanistic concepts in religion, and they are promoting evil causes.

Oh, don't keep silent, God. Don't hold Your peace. Don't be still, God. Do something. But, "Lo, your enemies are making a tumult. Those that hate You have lifted up their head. They've taken crafty counsel against Your people." Hired crafty counselors.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation ( Psalms 83:4 );

And actually they have taken a position against Israel is what he is saying. Do you know that the World Council of Churches supports the PLO to the tune of over $2 million a year? A lot of the terrorist activities of the PLO are sponsored and paid for by the World Council of Churches that receives its monies from the churches that are related to the National Council of Churches, which part of that money goes to the World Council of Churches. And if you belong to a church that is contributing to either the National or World Council of Churches, you are actually contributing to such things as Angelo Davis' defense fund; you're contributing to the terrorist groups that are in Africa; you're contributing to those terrorists that are coming in and killing missionaries and missionary children; you're contributing to the terrorism of the PLO; you're contributing to those that are seeking to destroy the nation Israel, and I wouldn't want to have any part in the contribution to any of those causes myself.

But they've confederated against you. Let us cut Israel off.

that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. They have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against God: The tabernacles ( Psalms 83:4-6 )

And he names the nations now that have gone together.

Edom, the Ishmaelites; those of Moab, the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines and Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: and they have the help of the children of Lot ( Psalms 83:6-8 ).

Now he's saying, "God, wipe them out."

Do unto them like you did to the Midianites ( Psalms 83:9 );

In the time... in the book of Judges when the Midianites came against the children of Israel and Gideon went out against them.

Do as you did to Sisera, and as to Jabin, there at the brook Kison ( Psalms 83:9 ):

Or Sisera, and Jabin. God, as You've driven a spike through their skull. You know, get them, God.

Make their nobles like Oreb, and Zeeb ( Psalms 83:11 ):

Who were in the book of Judges also. Oreb and Zeeb are about the eighth chapter, or the seventh chapter of the book of Judges.

and unto the princes of Zebah, and Zalmunna ( Psalms 83:11 ):

These were all princes that were slain of the Midianites who had come against Israel at the time of Gideon and were destroyed by... some by Gideon and others by the Ephraimites who came to help Gideon.

Who said, Let us take ourselves the houses of God in possession. O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burns wood, and the flame sets 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: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the eaRuth ( Psalms 83:12-18 ).

"God, do these things in order that men might know that You are over all things." And that was the real cry behind, "O God, it seems that these people have gathered against You, against Your purposes. Now God, put them to silence. Stop them, Lord, that people might learn to respect You." "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 83". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/psalms-83.html. 2014.
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