Psalm 82:1 God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the "gods": 2 "How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? "Selah"
In verse 1 God judges the “gods” as being unjust, partial to the wicked, not defending the cause of the weak and orphans or maintaining the rights of the poor and oppressed. These “gods” are judges and rulers over the people. The word comes from the Hebrew “elohiym” and can be defined as rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, or gods.
These are men that have been appointed to rule wisely and provide appropriate justice for the people. His accusation is ‘you haven’t cared’. In Israel these judges were representative of God to the people. They were His instruments to ensure everyone was treated fairly. Essentially they were to father the people in His stead. But they misrepresented Him and took advantage of those least able to defend themselves.
God in the beginning created mankind in His image. We are a reflection of God to all His creation. He has chosen the role of father as one significant representation of who He is. Fathers have a role of guiding their family in righteousness with love and care as our heavenly Father does. The role is one of blessing those who are needy and oppressed. It is not about accumulation of wealth and goods. It is about justice and mercy.
Paul admonished the believers in Corinth to exercise this quality amongst them for they were taking brothers to court before unrighteous judges. He said in 1 Corinthians 6:2 and 3: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”
The legal systems of this world do not favor the poor. If you are poor, you are completely at the mercy of the system. The rich can afford the lawyers, the poor if they are fortunate may get a legal aid lawyer who is marginally helpful due to the pro bono system of volunteerism or reduced payment. Their efforts on your behalf are very restricted and limited.
God’s heart is one of mercy and concern for the disadvantaged. He is the defender of the weak and the father to the fatherless. James 2:5 – 7 expresses His heart: “Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?” Jesus came to set the oppressed free. The Lord is looking for those who will extend mercy and grace to His children and stand in the gap for them.
Prayer: “Father, give us the wisdom and the anointing to act on your behalf. Let us not only worship you in song and in words but in action too. May we be inspired to defend the widows and the fatherless? May we see as believers that our responsibility goes far beyond what we dare think or ask? Breathe on us with your inspiration for our role in caring for your creation. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”