This is an unusual Psalm. Unlike most of the psalms that Praise God, acknowledge his greatness or call on him for help–Psalms 82 is an indictment of the theocratic system within Israel. The Psalmist calls out the priests and judges of Israel who had been given the honor of being Israel’s protector–but allowed corruption and pride to make them self-serving and unjust.
The Psalmist calls them “gods”–not out of respect, but because they think they are God’s gift to the world. He then reminds them that they are in place because God put them there and he can just as easily take them out. There only hope is to be the one God appointed them to be.
In our lives, we have to remember that we are God’s anointed and appointed. When he gives us a position in the church; it is for service–not for our benefit. If we allow pride to make us think we are all that–then we lose sight who we are in Christ; and, why he has called us into that service. Paul said it best in Philippians 2, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but, in humility consider others better than yourself.” Philippians 2:3.
God Bless You
God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the “gods”:
2 “How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”
8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.