This Psalm is unique in the way it begins. It sounds a bit like Job 1 with various gods in conversation with Yahweh. Since we don’t believe in the existence of gods like Baal, what can we learn from these gods?
Psalm 82 makes the assertion that Yahweh’s validity as God is demonstrated by His concern and care for the poor and orphans, the destitute and oppressed, and the weak and the helpless. Who in our society represents the people described in the Psalm? What are some ways we can represent God in their lives?
Psalm 82 ends by the psalmist saying, “Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” Have you ever prayed anything like this? Is this a scary thing to ask for?
Songs from the Psalms
These are mostly some songs that focus on God rescuing and caring for the poor, injured and disadvantaged as described in verses 3-4. (This theme also showed up last week in psalm 146:7-9.)
- Rescue the Perishing (v.4)
- Instruments of Your Peace (SFP)
- God Will Take Care of You (vss. 3-4)
- He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today (SOFP)
- He Is Able to deliver thee (GSII—short chorus)
- All Who Are Thirsty (Zoe Group, 2004. Album: Desperate)
- A Shield About Me (©1980, not sure who made it popular, it actually comes straight from Ps. 3)
- O Worship the King (the image of God “pavillioned in splendor” came to mind as I considered the Ps. 82 heavenly court scene)
- Tempted and Tried (v. 2—although it’s a bit of a skewed reference)
Have we missed any songs that this psalm reminds you of? Add to the list by making a “Comment”.