This Psalm is a national Psalm of lament. Lament against the many nations that are out to destroy the Chosen people of God. When we read this Psalm, we could see this as a justification Psalm for God to avenge those who seek, plot, and carry out harm to followers of God. If we honestly look to those around in our lives, we can see those who are in the same position of the people in this Psalm. We ask, as the Psalmist did to God, not to keep quiet to those people. Not in a rebuking voice but a voice of who He is. God is powerful, He is the God of the Most High.
As we read this Psalm, we must stop for a moment and ask ourselves this question. Are there times in our lives where we have our life out of order towards God? Can we be described as people who are seeking to destroy the Name of the Lord by our actions, thoughts, and deeds. Do we examine our lives so that these words given about the people are not words about us? It should be our cry as people of God that our life is focused bringing honor and glory to God.
The Psalmist asks God to shame the people so that they may come to see the greatness of God. It should be our prayer as we pray for those who are apposed to the Gospel, that the Gospel will bring about a change in their lives. We should pray that those who are opposed to God will one day declare, as the psalmist does, “That they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.” (vs 18)
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 82-83