Chapter-a-Day Psalm 82

Here_come_da_judge"You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them." Psalm 82:3-4 (MSG)

It’s so easy for me to depersonalize God’s message to the point that it seems irrelavent. I read Psalm 82, which is clearly Asaph’s rant against the judges of Israel back in his day. It is a protest psalm. So what does a 3000 year old protest song about judges have to do with me? Big deal. There’s nothing here for me.

Then, I began to think about the judgements I make everyday.

I’m a judge in my family. I dispense justice. I weigh evidence. I make rulings according to our family’s code. I hear appeals. I decide cases involving labor, wages, division of property and punishment.

I’m a judge in my business. I weigh evidence. I hear grievances. I make judgments about ethical infractions. I hear appeals. I settle arguments. I decide cases involving labor and wages.

I am a judge. I make decisions that involve the lives of others, even if it’s a small set of scales in the grand scheme of things. Nevertheless, I have an obligation, in my role as family judge and business judge. I have the same obligation as the judges of Israel did to judge fairly, to defend the defenseless, to stand up for the powerless, and to make sure underdogs get a fair break.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 82”

  1. I love your comments today, Tom. They make the chapter relevant to my life. My thoughts this morning couldn’t help but think about our political class of judges today. It’s interesting once again that nothing changes in thousands of years. The political class is still at risk for messing up a world that God created to be so right. I hope God holds this current class accountable too.

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