5They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
Gods Among Men
God, in Psalm 82, speaks to the rulers among men, or gods, who for a season have been raised above other men. Perhaps they have received this honor through their wealth, popularity, or political status, or perhaps they have been born into a ruling class. Though God calls them into account for their harsh treatment of their fellow man, sadly they do not change their ways, but continue to walk in darkness.
Living a life of ease, they see no reason to change or amend their ways. Having enjoyed the good things of life, and enjoying their higher status among men, there is no particular reason they should find their life to be wanting in any good thing. What, then, would be the impetus for them to change?
They do not understand their true state. Even though, from God's perspective, all the foundations of the earth are out of course, they continue to walk in darkness.
Though Asaph wrote Psalm 82 over 2000 years ago, this Psalm is equally relevant in our day. Do the rulers of this world acknowledge God? Do the rulers of this world understand that their actions toward their people will be displayed before a holy and righteous God who will judge them according to their deeds? Do the rulers of this world understand that their pride and arrogance will amount to nothing before God?
In the end, even the rulers of this world, who seem to be gods among men, are just men. They will fall like one of the princes, and die like men. Their accomplishments will soon be forgotten; their names will hardly even be remembered a few generations from now.
In the end, it is God who inherits all of the nations! It is God who created this world and established the nations. Though they acknowledged Him, or not, in the end all will stand before Him to give an account for the deeds done in their lifetimes. His law, which may have been ignored in their lifetimes will stand in judgment over them.
If this is true of the rulers of this world, how much more is it also true of us. Do we, like our rulers, walk in darkness, or are we led by the Light of this world? If it is God who will inherit the nations, should we not build our lives upon His sure and true foundation? All of the things of this earth are but wood, hay, and stubble, but the things of God are priceless treasures.
As we view our leaders, let us remember that they are but gods among men. It is God, alone, who deserves our worship, our honor, and our praise!
God Bless You,