In Psalm 82, God (Elohim, singular) stands in the divine assembly of elohim (plural)– lesser, created, divine/spiritual beings. At least some of these elohim are condemned by God for not exercising justice when governing the nations. They were supposed to govern justly concerning the poor, needy, fatherless, powerless – but they didn’t do their job. Therefore God says these disobedient elohim will die like mortals. Then the Psalmist prays that the LORD manifests His justice over all the nations – for they’re all, ultimately, the LORD’s inheritance.
Meditation: For what? To be a true fan of Jesus, fanatically imitating Christ. Meditation: Why? According to Psalm 1, we can use life as selected or life as directed. One way leads to self-destruction, the other leads to bliss. Meditation: How? By making meditation a priority concerning our time, by putting God’s word in our hearts using tools, knowing that we are in this together.
According to Psalm 1, there are basically two ways to live life: As Selected (by ourselves) or As Directed (by the LORD). While the way of the LORD leads to true bliss, the way of the wicked (i.e., the way of the self) leads to self-destruction.
According to Psalm 1, there are basically two ways to live life: the way conforming to God’s character or the way contrary to God’s character. While the way of the LORD leads to true bliss, the way of the wicked (i.e., the way of the self) leads to self-destruction
The Holy City of Jerusalem had been conquered. God’s chosen people were dragged away to Babylon as slaves. Was it not reasonable for the psalmist to express his doubts and question God? Yet, these questions lead the psalmist to remember the past mighty acts of the holy, sovereign, and compassionate God — who is worthy of his and our trust.
C4C Translation: Vindicate the powerless and the fatherless; To the afflicted and the poor, do justice. Psalm 82, a psalm of Asaph…
C4C Translation: For poor and needy am I, and my heart is pierced through inside me. For more context concerning this imprecatory psalm…
Though we do not live under the yoke of slavery at the hands of the wicked oppressors who ransacked our homeland, we can still make the same choice as the psalmist. For, besides God, nothing in all the heavens and the earth comes close to warranting our ultimate desire. And, while many who are far from the LORD seem to prosper at present, we can trust that through Christ, we will enjoy prosperity in eternity — in the presence of God
Dear friends, no need to ground one’s self-esteem in self-affirmation. The all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing, all-holy Creator has made you with incomprehensible wonder! To him belongs eternal praise!
As a mother envelops her child in her loving arms, the LORD surrounds His children with loving protection (cf. Mt 23:37). In light of our loving, all-seeing and all-knowing God, we ought to surrender to His leadership and His will. As David concludes…