August 26, 2021

God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations! (Psalm 82:1-8)

Psalm 82 is a relatively short psalm penned by the Psalmist Asaph as he was crying out to the Lord for justice in a world of injustice. Asaph observed the poor being mistreated, the orphans being disenfranchised, and the sufferers being loaded with even heavier burdens. All this was happening at the hands of those who had been given the responsibility to ensure fairness. Those trusted with power were abusing it.

Sadly, as we look at our world today, we are aware that too little in that regard has changed in three thousand years. Our Enemy, Satan, has demonstrated a concerning ability to worm his way into the power bases of society, using them for his ends. Individuals with selfish motivations and questionable agendas are rising to places of power. Our hearts especially grieve for those who suffer persecution and abuse at the hands of such people.

Perhaps someone with power or influence over your circumstances is making your life difficult. Like the psalmist, Asaph, you are saddened by the injustice in the world around you. Or you are dealing with it personally, the good news is that our God, “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment (v.1). Verse 1 triumphantly proclaims that those who may be “gods” in the eyes of people are no gods to our God.

Friends, keep in mind that when we, who know the true God, encounter injustice and mistreatment at the hands of the powerful, we always have a “higher court” to plead our case. With even greater encouragement, (verse eight) tells us, “Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” The day is coming when our Lord will rule over all nations, for He will “judge the earth (and) shall inherit all nations.” This reminds me of the angel’s proclamation in (Revelation 11:15), “ Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Would you join me in Praying?

Name above all Names; I know nothing is impossible with You. This world is full of doubts and fears, but with You by my side, I know that all things are possible. I have complete faith that You can intervene in this situation and make the impossible happen. I am on my knees, asking for a miracle from heaven. With humility and gratitude in my soul, I beg of You. I do not deserve Your help, but please use Your holy power and provide the miraculous answers I need. You, God, only You, can help me. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. I ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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