Read: Psalm 83
Psalm 83 is the last psalm of Asaph. The historical context is probably 2 Chronicles 20:1, during the reign of Jehoshaphat when Moabites, Ammonites, and other confederates named in the psalm conspired to invade Israel.
Think About It: While Asaph prayed without apology for the enemies of God’s people to be put to shame, what else does he have in mind for them according to verses 16 and 18? Am I praying for the salvation of my enemies?
Prayer: That those who wish me ill might seek God’s name.
Read: Psalm 83:3
One phrase in this psalm is well worth investigating: in v. 3 Asaph refers to God’s people – which means the Old Testament Hebrews and us, the church of Jesus Christ– as “Thy hidden ones.” One implication of this phrase is that we are hidden for safety, like Moses (Exodus 2:2, Hebrews 11:23); like the 100 prophets of God hidden by Obadiah from the wrath of Jezebel; like Jehoash, hidden in the Temple by Jehoida the priest from his grandmother Athaliah (2 Kings 11:3). In Christ, we have died (to this world) and our life lies hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Our salvation is kept in heaven, incorruptible (1 Peter 1:4)
Think About It: What things do I feel threatened by? See Isaiah 26:3. What does it mean to have my mind stayed on God?
Prayer: Lord, keep me in perfect peace; help my mind to be stayed on you.
Read: Psalm 83:3; Zephaniah 2:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9; Romans 8:1
“Thy hidden people” is a phrase that reminds us we are hidden from God’s wrath. We do not fear condemnation, because we are delivered from it. With such an attitude, we can boldly approach God’s throne of grace in prayer.
Think About It: Read Hebrews 12:6 – 13. While as one of God’s hidden ones I do not need to fear His judgment, what do I need to fear? Is my prayer life characterized by boldness?
Prayer: For boldness in prayer; for respect towards God’s discipline.
Read: Psalm 83:3; Psalm 51:6; Isaiah 45:3; 48:6; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26
The phrase “Thy hidden ones” reminds us we are partakers of hidden wisdom. The wisdom of this world does not find God; but God has made known the mystery, that which was previously hidden for ages, namely salvation by grace through faith in Christ.
Think About It: Read James 3:15 – 17. How does God’s wisdom differ from worldly wisdom? How can I apply the truth that I have been granted a hidden wisdom (see Proverbs 3:5 – 6)?
Prayer: For more wisdom from on high; less confidence in the flesh.
Read: Psalm 83:3; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalms 45:13; Psalms 51:6
The phrase “Thy hidden ones” implies we are people of hidden worth in God’s sight. Men look at the outside, God looks at the heart; God delights in the meek and quiet spirit; He desires truth in the inward parts. What the world holds contemptible, God counts precious.
Think About It: How does the phrase “poor in Spirit” (Matthew 5:3) relate to this aspect of being one of God’s hidden ones? What does it mean to be spiritually poor?
Prayer: For an awareness of my need for God; for a meek and quiet spirit.
Read: Daniel 2:35 – 45; Matthew 13:33, 44; Luke 12:32; Hebrews 13:14
The phrase “Thy hidden ones” reminds us that we are citizens of a hidden kingdom. This world is not our home; we seek a better place.
Think About It: What are some characteristics of this “hidden kingdom” according to the Scripture passages for today? What are some implications of this for how I should live (see for example Luke 12:32)?
Prayer: That I might seek the city of God.
Read: Psalm 83:3; 1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 64:4; 1 Peter 1:5
The phrase “Thy hidden ones” reminds us that it is hidden as to what we shall become; the glory that is to be ours is not yet fully revealed.
Think About It: What will our glorified state be like? Is it even possible to answer that question? Am I growing towards my eternal potential? Am I living in hope?
Prayer: That I might grow towards my heavenly potential and live in the hope of glory.