"God stands up to open heaven’s court. He pronounces judgment on the judges.How long will you judges refuse to listen to the evidence? How long will you shower special favors on the wicked? Give fair judgement to the poor man, the afflicted, the fatherless, the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men. But you are so foolish and so ignorant! Because you are in darkness, all the foundations of society are shaken to the core. I have called you all “gods” and “sons of the Most High.” But in death you are mere men. You will fall as any prince—for all must die. Stand up, O God, and judge the earth. For all of it belongs to you. All nations are in your hands." TLB
What is God Saying?
This Psalm 82 answers our question. It is plain. God will judge the Judges.
He stands up and opens heaven's court. The highest court of all. And He pronounces judgment on them. Then after He pronounces the judgment God asked the Judges questions. Let's list the questions God asked the Judges:
1. How long will you refuse to listen to the evidence?
2. How long will you shower special favors on the wicked?
Now, listen to what God says to them:
1. Give fair judgment. Who does he say give fair judgment to?
The poor man, the afflicted, the fatherless, the destitute.
2. Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men
They have gone against everything God told them they should do. Because of what they have done God tells them:
"But you are so foolish and so ignorant! Because you are in darkness, all the foundations of society are shaken to the core."
From this Psalm we see God is pronouncing His judgment on the Judges.
It is foolish to think that there will not be justice from God. His words are true.
What three words get your attention? (as you can see I used the phrases)
These three words in this Psalm give us understanding and insight as to how God feels about Judges giving special favor to the wicked and not being fair. But do not think that it stops there. This is how He feels when anyone gives special favor to the wicked and is unfair to those who need their fairness.
Let us pray this prayer:
pray for You to restore justice on earth. Speak to the hearts of Christians everywhere
all over the world to pray for You to restore justice and to deliver the weak,
orphaned, widowed, lowly, destitute, and needy.
all Christians to offer ourselves as Your
in the “reconciliation and restoration.”
us as Christians to not defend the unjust and wicked and to not show
us to defend the weak and the fatherless and to maintain the rights of the poor
and oppressed. Deliver them from the hands of the wicked. Amen
This week spend time on Psalm 82. Ask God what He is saying to you. Ask Him for revelation knowledge concerning these words. I might also suggest we pray for the Judges and others in our country that they will have an opportunity to come to Christ and be the people God created them to be.
May God bless you in the coming week. If you are in need of prayer, email email@example.com.