“Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like straw before the wind.
As fire burns a forest,
as a flame blazes through mountains,
so pursue them with Your tempest
and terrify them with Your storm.
Cover their faces with shame
so that they will seek Your name Yahweh.
Let them be put to shame and terrified forever;
let them perish in disgrace.
May they know that You alone —
whose name is Yahweh —
are the Most High over all the earth.” (Ps. 83.13-18, HCSB)

A psalm of Asaph.

Look at the imagery that Asaph uses here:

  • Make them like tumbleweed
  • Pursue them with your tempest
  • Terrify them with your storm
  • Cover their faces with shame
  • Let them be put to shame
  • Let them be terrified forever
  • Let them perish in disgrace

The goal of all of this?  May they know that you alone—whose name is Yahweh—are the Most High over all the earth.

What is the point of pursuing, terrifying, shaming, and disgrace?  “That they may know” (ESV).

In other words what we have here is a picture of grace.  Severe grace to be sure, but sometimes grace needs to be severe, in order to wake us up from our lethargy, our antipathy, our outright hostility towards the gospel and the ways of Christ.

I hope, dear reader, that you are already awake to the beauty of Christ.