13O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Jehovah, Most High
We live in a time when few of the nations of the world proclaim to serve any deity, much less Jehovah, Most High. Yet that was not true of the time during which Asaph lived when he wrote Psalm 83. Each nation had their own god or set of gods who ruled over them. When a nation conquered an enemy, it was thought that their god or gods showed himself or herself to be more powerful than the god of that particular nation.
Asaph's prayer, then, is that the nations who were set upon destroying the nation of Israel understand that, not only was Jehovah, God, but that Jehovah, Most High, was God over all the earth. He, alone, reigned supreme; all the gods of the other nations were just idols, made of wood and clay with no super human power attributed to them.
In our day, man has been so lifted up that he does not need to serve any god! To do so is thought to prove one's weakness. Indeed, man can now send a man to the moon and beyond. What need does he have for any deity to reign over him? He has become his own god! His gods have become the thirst for power, money, and fame.
As Christians, we must be careful that we do not slide into serving a multiplicity of gods. With one breath we claim honor to God, and with another we serve the gods of this world. That was, you know, what happened to the nation of Israel. It was not that they left off their serving of God, but rather they incorporated the gods of the other nations into their worship. They worshiped Baal, or the queen of heaven along with God.
We must ask ourselves, what motivates or drives us? In a time when one almost has the opportunity to be or do anything one wants, how does one make the appropriate choices? How does God factor into our decision-making processes? Is God only their to bail us out of trouble, or is He our reason for living?
As we search our hearts and minds, may we come to the conclusion that Jehovah, Most High, is not only most high over all the earth, but He is most high in our hearts, our minds and our lives as well. Though the world may not acknowledge Him, yet the day will come when all men will bow the knee before Him and proclaim Him to be Jehovah, Most High over all the earth!
God Bless You,