Psalm 82: “Judge of the Judges”
This is a short l, but impactful psalm. It really should act as a comfort for those who are weak and vulnerable. There is some interesting language that is used here, however. Particularly the word “god” is used to describe man in this psalm. Notice that in the English, it is lower case “g” which means it is not the Name of God that is being used. It’s really the word used for ruler, or judge. It seems that God Himself is speaking to the rulers of the earth. He places Himself above them (all will answer to Him) and tells them of those great responsibility to care for the sick, the weak, the fatherless and the hungry. He tells them that it is their duty as representatives of Himself to watch over and care for them, not to allow them to be taken advantage of from those who may be better off. For the church, this should be no surprise that the Lord will make a point of taking care of the less fortunate. In the books of the Law special consideration was given to the less fortunate. Jesus made it a point to help those that no one else would. And we see in the early Church that taking care of widows and orphans was part of the ministry of the church. It is important for us to focus in on a humble servant attitude that our Lord Jesus displayed. Notice that this psalm focuses us on providing a service and caring, rather than passing judgement to these people. It is the Lord’s duty to judge, so we are to focus on love and servitude. This is a good lesson for us today, as it seems that even within the church, there is a competition going on. If Christians focused more on others than on themselves, we could reach more people for Christ’s Kingdom.