The Most High
Psalms 83:1-3 (ESV)
1 O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.
3 They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.
This was the last of the eleven Psalms written by Asaph, a Seer to King David, and conductor of song. The interesting thing about this, as he was a Prophet and a musician, is the way he sets the pace for this Psalm. It booms with a call to God, and the threats of a conspiracy.
Asaph explains that the enemies of God are making a noise, and making plans against His people. Notice, he did not say they were making plans against God, but when you attack the children of God, you aren’t just attacking a people, by doing so they were attacking God.
As a child of God this so encourages me, to know when the enemy picks a fight with me, He’s not just attacking me. We serve a God Who stands up for HIs people in every battle. No matter how hard the attack, no matter how much the enemy of our soul desires to destroy us, God is for us.
Before we approach the spiritual, let’s return to what Asaph knew about God’s physical abilities. He knew that in God’s arsenal were the plagues of Egypt, the Red Sea and the Jordan parting, the ground opening up at the prayer of Moses, and the destruction of Jericho’s walls with Joshua. He knew about the hailstones in the battle to take the promised land.
He knew about God’s ability to slay lions, bears, and giants, but he also knew about God’s greater arsenal. He knew about God’s anointing, for he was anointed. He knew that the anointing of God would keep you in those times when you were in despair, and had questions.
He knew that God would send the right words to you at the very moment that the enemy whispered in your ear. Asaph knew that praise and worship lifts the spirit, and lifts us higher. In short, he knew that no matter what form the enemy took, God would do more than counter it.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ESV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
The Lord Of hosts is a God of battles. He can fight a giant or a whisper, the whispers that come to our mind being even more deadly than Goliath. Yet just as Goliath lay dead on a battlefield, so will any thought we bring to The Lord Jesus. Paul would later say we are given the ability to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Asaph means gatherer, He knew what it was like to be gathered by God to a calling and a Ministry. Asaph knew what it was like for his sorrows and questions to be gathered by God to receive an answer of joy. Asaph knew that we all gather before God for Him to fight for us.
If you are in a battle today, though you may feel all alone, please know you are not. You may not see The One between you and the enemy, but I promise you He is there! David saw Him by faith when he told Goliath basically, paraphrasing of course, you’re big, but He’s bigger!
What is against us, whether a whisper or a giant, can not take a form that is too small or large for God to deal with. To the whispers of the enemy, God can counter in a still small voice. When the enemy screams loudly against us, roaring as if He were a lion, The Lion of the tribe of Judah has a voice that is as loud as many waters.
I won’t right it all here, but I hear The Man Of God in my mind recounting God’s ability to fight for us. It usually began with He’s The Wheel In The Middle Of The Wheel, meaning among other things, God keeps everything turning, rolling towards our completion and victory.
Psalms 83:18 (KJV)
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH,
art the most high over all the earth.
Asaph said, God they’re plotting against you, because they’re attacking your children. God’s answer in the last verse, again through Asaph was this. God only allowed them to make a plot, to reveal His dominion, reassuring His people that God is Most High over all the earth. Nothing can grow so big that God is not higher, and can bring it down. The enemy can’t form an attack so lowly and disgusting that God can’t reach down to save us!