|Arise, O God!|
The Story: This final verse of Psalm 82 seems to me to accomplish two purposes. First, it reminds readers and the rulers of Israel of God’s greater purpose for His people. Israel was the starting-point, the jumping-off-place, for God’s larger plan to win the nations to His salvation. But how would He do that – “judge the earth” – if His appointed judges can’t even rule themselves and the people of God? Asaph hoped that, by projecting this larger vision of the divine economy for their consideration, the rulers of Israel might repent of their sin and get their act together. Second, Asaph rightly appeals to God to redress the injustice in His people, since only God can change the hearts of sinners and bend their knees to obey Him. It would have been uncharacteristic of Asaph to end this psalm in any other way. His hope was in the Lord, and that must be the hope of Israel’s rulers and all her people as well.
The Structure: When rulers lose sight of God’s vision for His Church – unity and maturity in Christ unto the progress of the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit (Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 14:17, 18) – they will take up whatever seems to work to achieve whatever ends they consider to be right. We need to encourage our leaders to line up our church’s vision for ministry with what God is doing over all the earth and throughout all time. And we need to pray that they will faithfully and diligently seek the Lord for revival, and for the strength they need to do His work His way unto His glory.
Why not share this week’s commentary on Psalm 82 with the leaders of your church? Make a copy of the seven days, hand it out to them, pray for them as they read it, then seek them out to see how they respond.
For more insight on reading the Psalms, get the book, How to Read the Psalms, by Tremper Longman III.
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