Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
"Against your people they cunningly carry on their confidential talk; . . . against you they proceeded to conclude even a covenant." (Psalm 83:3, 5)
What was the psalmist's foremost concern? Of course, he must have been very worried about his own personal safety and that of his family. Yet, the subject of his prayer was the reproach being brought on Jehovah's name and the threats against the nation that bore that name. May we all keep a similar, balanced viewpoint as we endure the difficult final days of this old world. (Matthew 6:9, 10) The psalmist quotes Israel's enemies as saying: "Come and let us efface them from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." (Psalm 83:4) What hatred those nations had for God's chosen people! But they had another motive for their conspiracy. They coveted Israel's land and boasted: "Let us take possession of the abiding places of God for ourselves." (Psalm 83:12) Has something similar been true in our day? Yes!
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 3:6-8)