“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.”
Psalm 82:1

Jesus said as He was about to ascend up to heaven, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18b). What a comfort for His people to know that their Savior, at the right hand of His Father in power will also be their judge, however this will be the dread of all those who have rejected Him. We judge others by our own standards, many times unjustly to our shame. Psalm 82:2, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?” As we read this, let us consider in whose sight we are in. We are before holy and a righteous God as the Psalmist ends the verse with a “Selah” (pause and rest). We have the complete Word of God and have no excuse of not knowing. Acts 17:30-31, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Who is this Man whom God has ordained? Jesus Christ! The Savior who came to this earth, born as a baby, suffered for thirty three years, was crucified and buried, but rose again and ascended back into glory at the right hand of power and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
After meditating on who God is in relation to himself, the Psalmist continues by defining what we should be doing. Psalm 82:3-4, “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” Why is this so important? Psalm 72:12, “For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.” The wicked think they can take care of themselves; they do not realize they need to be delivered. Psalm 82:5, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.” What makes the difference? God alone makes the difference! Righteously all men deserve to walk in darkness forever, blind to the fact that any moment the Judge of all the earth could call them to give an account of their deeds. Psalm 82:5, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.” God’s love overcomes His people’s enmity to His way of salvation by bringing them to the Cross of Calvary to behold Him who endured His Fathers wrath against sin for them! Jesus was condemned, taking their deserved condemnation and giving them the righteousness He earned for them. 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” The Righteous Judge is His people’s Advocate; He is their Savior, Yes! He is everything they need here in this world but also for all eternity. Eternal wonder Him for me! What does Jesus Christ mean to you?

Written by: Cornelius VanKempen
July 28, 2014