Updated: Apr 10, 2022
Chase them with your mighty winds. Terrify them with your storm. Lord, put them to shame so that they will seek you.,
Many of us think of the water as a place to relax and play, like on a day at the beach. For sailors, winds and waves are part of their daily work and can be deadly enemies. Regular maintenance is essential to make sure a ship is ready for a storm that might come up.
Sailors take their enemies seriously, and God’s people need to do that too. The writer of Psalm 83 recalls how God delivered his people in the past, and the writer pleads with God to help them again. The psalmist speaks of blowing the enemies around like dust or sending a firestorm or a thunderstorm to terrify them and make them repent.
At first, these verses might make us uncomfortable, but they describe the power necessary to overcome the enemy. God’s power is not random or cruel; it shows that God is loving and just. Both the enemies and the people of God will come to know that the Lord alone is “Most High over all the earth.”
Only God can cast out evil. God’s action, described as a kind of storm in these verses, has tremendous power to overwhelm an enemy.
We can call on God to defend us. Jesus himself had to defend against Satan, the great enemy. And in Jesus’ case, he used the power of the Word of God—and Satan could not overcome it (Luke 4:1-13).