Psalm 82 A Psalm of Asaph’s Family
1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
It’s always good to know that God is in the congregation. I love it when He shows up at service and you can feel the Holy Spirit moving throughout the sanctuary. It’s a time of reverence and awe for me. I lift my hands and I lift my voice to praise Him and to soak in the Holy Spirit when it’s present. And God doesn’t just stand in our congregation, but He stands in the congregation of the mighty and He judges all the other gods. He is the God most high that we serve, and there is none above Him.
He asks of us how long will we judge unjustly. How long will we accept the wicked people out there and allow them to do the things that they’re doing. We have talked about this so often. How the church needs to be stronger in defending the ways of God in our culture. We see it slipping away and yet we do nothing. That’s why there was such an uprising in this last election and I hope we see a new revival thunder across the country in its wake.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
We need to be about defending the poor and the fatherless and doing Justice to The afflicted and the needy. The church has left it up to the government and it was never meant to be that way. Now I know that there are many churches out there that have outreach programs to those who are in need, but I think we need to do more. I know I need to do more. I’m not in the position to do that right now but when I get well I know I have a lot of ground to make up for. Delivering the poor and the needy in our society is going to take a lot of effort but this is the church’s obligation, and we need to see what we can do to fulfill it.
In today’s society, the poor and the needy that he’s talking about are the homeless to me. Many times they don’t even understand how they got there. I’ve heard so many interviews with homeless people saying it’s like the whole world just fell apart underneath them. Perhaps first they lost their job, then their finances went, then their family left them, and they find themselves out on the street. They have skills but they can’t find employment because they don’t have an address, or a car – they don’t have anything. There’s got to be something we can do! The writer says the foundations of the earth are out of course and for these people their foundations are out of course. They need correcting, not the people mind you, but the foundations in the course of their lives.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
When he talks about the wicked, they think they’re gods but they’re not. They’re still children of the Most High and they will fall and die like men. They are not above the Judgment of God.
The writer goes back to asking God to arise and judge the earth because He’s the one that’s going to inherit all the nations. Actually he already owns the nation’s. The whole earth Is His and He will bring it to H,imself in the final days. God our God, is above all and He will judge the earth in the final days. I hope we’re all ready for that judgment