Psalm 83 is one of five Psalms that are entitled Imprecatory Psalms. So what’s imprecation? It involves petitioning God’s wrath upon the wicked. They were written with righteous indignation at what was seen as defilement and blasphemy of God’s reputation and actions. They came from that deep place of aroused anger at seeing God’s name desecrated and everything He stands for ridiculed and mocked. They were written not out of spite or wishing for revenge, but to verbally hand the entire issue over for God to deal with…for the battle is not ours but God’s, (I Samuel 17:47 & II Chronicles 20:15) and it’s His to judge at the appointed time.
It seems as if the entire world is in a battle. It’s a new, very strange and different type of battle…for our enemy is invisible. And because the enemy is unseen…we are filled with apprehension and fear. But we need to remember that just because COVID19 is unseen by the naked eye, doesn’t mean God can’t see it. And it’s not by our might or power that this battle will be won, but by His Spirit says the Lord. (Zechariah 4:6) So as the Lord told Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20:15…He exhorts you today, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of this daily! It’s brought even clearer to me in I Samuel 17:47, when it says, “It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.” But how many times have I marched out into battle with a toothpick thinking I was somehow “helping God”? I’ve found one of the greatest Psalms during these times of fear and despair is Psalm 91…it’s a wonderful antidote against that overwhelming feeling of dread, and can help me then refocus my mind where I can – Face Fear with Faith in my heavenly Father.