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A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
“THE MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH”
This psalm was composed on the occasion described in 2Ch_20:1-37, where we learn that at a great crisis the Spirit of God came on Jahaziel, one of the sons of Asaph, Psa_83:14. It was written to be sung before the battle, in anticipation of certain victory. The Levites chanted it, with a loud voice on high, as Jehoshaphat’s army marched out against the great confederacy of nations, which threatened the very existence of Israel. There were strong reasons for God’s interposition, for Israel’s foes were God’s foes also. It was His people that were the target of this crafty conspiracy. Were they not His hidden ones, Psa_83:3? Should a hostile world pluck them from the hollow of His hand? When our life is “hid with Christ in God,” we may confidently appeal for His safe-keeping.
The fate here imprecated savors of Moses rather than of Jesus Christ, Psa_83:9-18. Our Lord’s way is to seek the conversion of the heathen. At the same time it may at least be urged that Israel did not pray thus to gratify a personal vindictiveness, but that the great world of men might know God to be Jehovah. Out of the mighty convulsions that sweep across society, we know that the coming of the divine Kingdom is somehow being prepared. God can make even the wrath of man to praise Him, Psa_76:10.