* The following was taken from Doug Giles’ new best-selling book, Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass (#1 on Amazon.com for six weeks and counting).
China hates America.
Iran’s no fan either.
Ditto with Russia.
And mega-dittos regarding George Soros.
Yes, America and her Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our Declaration of Independence are a thing of fear and loathing for our enemies foreign and domestic.
The true Church also draws deep disdain from the aforementioned, and you can add to that list Marxist radicals who’ve embraced an anti-theistic worldview of stupidity on steroids.
Indeed, these ideological bedfellows don’t like those who call upon the Lord with an unfeigned faith and from a pure heart.
Ergo, they plot to do the Church in. They conspire how to crush us. They’d like to see us wiped off the face of this earth with the Church’s name scratched off the books.
That’s where Psalm 83 comes in real handy.
Asaph, in Psalm 83, prays to God to do this to their new set of enemies what God did to the old set of enemies such as Edom, Moab, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, the Tyrians, Assyria, and the Midianites.
Google what God did to His people’s enemies who wouldn’t leave His Chosen Ones alone. It wasn’t pretty.
Psalm 83:13-18 is what the Church should pray against the powers of darkness and their earthly ilk who persecute the church and will not repent.
Check out how Eugene Peterson translated Psalm 83. It’s pure fire.
Oh, by the way, does your church pray these prayers against the powers of darkness? If not, why not? Enjoy and share with other holy prayer warriors.
Psalm 83: 1-5 God, don’t shut me out;
don’t give me the silent treatment, O God.
Your enemies are out there whooping it up,
the God-haters are living it up;
They’re plotting to do your people in,
conspiring to rob you of your precious ones.
“Let’s wipe this nation from the face of the earth,”
they say; “scratch Israel’s name off the books.”
And now they’re putting their heads together,
making plans to get rid of you.
6-8 Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia and the Tyrians,
And now Assyria has joined up,
Giving muscle to the gang of Lot.
9-12 Do to them what you did to Midian,
to Sisera and Jabin at Kishon Brook;
They came to a bad end at Endor,
nothing but dung for the garden.
Cut down their leaders as you did Oreb and Zeeb,
their princes to nothings like Zebah and Zalmunna,
With their empty brags, “We’re grabbing it all,
grabbing God’s gardens for ourselves.”
13-18 My God! I’ve had it with them!
Blow them away!
Tumbleweeds in the desert waste,
charred sticks in the burned-over ground.
Knock the breath right out of them, so they’re gasping
for breath, gasping, “God.”
Bring them to the end of their rope,
and leave them there dangling, helpless.
Then they’ll learn your name: “God,”
the one and only High God on earth.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.