Morning devotion: Read Psalm 82

Psalms 82:1  ¶<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2  How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3  Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6  ¶I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8  Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

This Psalm is one in which the writer addresses the issue of righteous judgment and unrighteous judgment. Know this; God judges the judges of this world. You are a judge; you judge every day. You judge the actions and attitudes and attributes of each other. But, is it righteous judgement?

In a day when evil is called good and good is called evil, is righteous judgement being implemented? In a day when men have respect of persons based on pomp and prestige and position rather than action based on the Lord’s word, do men then act as gods? And yet, as verse 7 says, men still die as men.

Isaiah 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Proverbs 18:5  It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Make no mistake, we are to judge, however the judgment must be based on the word of God not your emotions for they are often selfish, nor your understanding for it is often biased. Judgment must be based on the word of God.

People often use Matthew 7 for an excuse to escape judgment from others claiming “God says you can’t judge me” or “We aren’t supposed to judge.” Matthew 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.

What they fail to do is read the entire passage which reveals biased judgment for the one judging does the same thing they are judging the other for but, in a greater hypocritical capacity. Read the passage and learn. Never take God’s word out of context. We are to judge; we are to judge righteous judgement and that only comes through the word of God.

At the end of this Psalm he calls for God to rise and judge the judges. God will rise and he will judge. His name is Jesus.

John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

John 5:27  And hath given him (Jesus) authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

One day, we will all stand before the righteous judge, Jesus. The unsaved will stand at the great white throne judgement in Revelation 20:11-15 and be cast into hell and the saved, born-again Christian, will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged before entering into heaven. I Corinthians 3:11-14 and II Corinthians 5:9-11.

Judge yourself before you judge others. Judge yourself in light of God’s perfect will and word. Are you a born-again Christian; that is where personal judgement begins.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook