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Psalm 82

June 4, 2009

This psalm is a prayer asking God to judge the wicked such that the poor, the oppressed, and the needy can be raised up. The psalmist has become impatient. The world around him is degrading fast. It is time to end the downward spiral.

The psalmist acknowledges that God is sovereign over the rulers [gods] of the earth. God appoints them [Rom. 13] and He will judge them. There is good scriptural evidence that the judgment referred to in this psalm is the final judgment of the nations. But we can also say that God does preside over the nations today and does judge rulers based on the good or evil they generate and/or administer. Rulers of nations are set in place to do good, to defend the weak, protect the poor and oppressed, and to rescue the needy. But the psalmist declares to God that such is not happening. The psalmist has even prophesied concerning these rulers proclaiming they are derelict in carrying out their responsibilities and will, as a result, face severe judgment.

The psalmist closes with the same request he made at the beginning; that the Lord would commence with His judgment. It is time. It is necessary.

We may not be rulers but we all have been given the responsibility to help the poor, the needy, and the oppressed. We all have the responsibility to be an instrument of God’s love. Sometimes this involves pointing out error, wickedness, and sin. It also involves pointing out the results of such behavior. We also need to remember that God is sovereign and knows the perfect time for His court to convene. In the meantime, don’t be derelict in your duty to love and to confront. Love and confront in love, in the Name of the Lord, the King of Kings.

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