1God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
Picture a great meeting of all the gods of the nations and all the rulers of the world from the beginning to the end of time. Only one stands. Who may that be? You already know the answer: God stands! He gazes upon all those gathered before Him and challenges them with these words,
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?
Then, God continues,
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
That is the charge that God gives to all of the rulers of this world! How well do they do? Sadly, very few even receive passing grades. Most rulers of this world are more concerned about their own might, power, and riches, and have very little concern for their people.
Psalm 82 gives a realistic view of the reality of this world. All men are under the authority of God Himself. Whether they even believe He exists or not, the day will come when all will give an account to God, and must answer to Him for what they have or have not done in answer to the charge He has given to them.
Psalm 82 also implies that all people, not just the rulers, are under the authority of God and must one day give an account of their actions. As Paul explains to us in Romans 2, all people have the law of God written in their hearts.
15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. (Romans 2:15-16, New King James Version)
Every man, woman, and child has a God-given conscience which excuses or accuses them, showing whether their deeds are good or evil.
The question, then, all must ask is this: When God stands and judges all mankind, how will I answer Him? In truth, no one can stand as righteous before God, but those who have trusted in Christ will stand in the righteousness of Christ. In other words, instead of their own sin, God sees the righteous and holy blood of Christ which was shed on their behalf. Their sins are covered by the blood of Christ.
Sadly we live in a time when the truths expressed in Psalm 82 are largely ignored. However, may that not be said of you. May you, along with Christ, be found righteous when God stands in that final day of judgment!
God Bless You,