A song. A psalm of Asaph.
1O GOD, Do Not Remain Silent;
Do Not Turn a deaf ear,
Do Not Stand aloof, O GOD.
2See how YOUR enemies growl,
how YOUR foes rear their heads.
3With cunning they conspire against YOUR people;
they plot against those YOU Cherish.
4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
5With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against YOU—
6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
7Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
9Do to them As YOU did to Midian,
As YOU Did To Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10who perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.
11Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
“Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of GOD.”
13Make them like tumbleweed, my GOD,
like chaff before the wind.
14As fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15so Pursue them with YOUR tempest
and Terrify them with YOUR storm.
16Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
so that they will seek YOUR Name.
17May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
may they perish in disgrace.
18Let them know that YOU, Whose Name Is JEHOVAH—
that YOU alone Are The MOST HIGH over all the earth.
This Psalm was penned with reference to all the confederacies of the neighboring nations against Israel, from first to last.
The psalmist here makes an appeal and application,
I. To GOD's knowledge, by a representation of their designs and endeavors to destroy Israel (v. 1-8).
II. To GOD's Justice and Jealousy, both for His church and for His Own Honor, by an earnest prayer for the defeat of their attempt, that the church might be preserved, the enemies humbled, and GOD Glorified (v. 9-18).
In the singing of it, we may apply it to the enemies of the gospel-church, all anti-Christian powers representing to GOD their confederacies against CHRIST and His Kingdom, and rejoicing in the hope that all their projects will be baffled and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church built on the ROCK of AGES, JESUS CHRIST our LORD and SAVIOR.