“God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle. See how Your enemies make an uproar; those who hate You have acted arrogantly.
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like straw before the wind.
Cover their faces with shame so that they will seek Your name Yahweh.”
Psalms 83:1-2, 13, 16 HCSB
What do you do when someone goes on the attack against you or someone you love? Perhaps it’s an attack on the oppressed, abused, poor or simply someone in despair who becomes the target of unjust ridicule. Maybe you are watching a wayward soul spiraling down as they try to live apart from God.
When others become demeaning, hurtful, vengeful, and oppressive the easiest thing to do is to counter back in a war of words. When the person you love is on a path to nowhere good, resorting to lectures becomes almost reflexive in nature.
David minced no words in his request to God to go after these enemies who were demonstrating hate for God in their treatment of God’s people. As he worked through his anger he eventually came to a place of asking God to bring shame upon them for one purpose–to draw them to Himself.
Who can you pray for that needs to be drawn to God, to let His love break down the hardened walls of their heart?