Unjust Judges – Psalm 82 Devotional

Psalm 82 calls out unjust judges.

These people were supposed to be righting injustices, but instead, they were crooked. They were supposed to fight for the marginalized, but instead, they turned their backs on them. They were likely accepting bribes and showing partiality to the guilty, for as long as they were able to line their pockets they were happy. 

The psalmist calls them out in this psalm. He admonishes them: 

“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:2-4

The problem with humans having the power to judge and govern other people is that man is wicked. Even the best of men can be tempted. Unfortunately, we are subject to the rule of these fallible beings in this temporal world, but, fortunately, God is the ultimate judge and he is good. 

God as Judge

We may not see God’s judgment when and how we want to, but his judgments are perfect. What better judge can there be than our God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere at once?

He cannot be bribed. He cannot be tricked, and his justice will be doled out. 

The challenge for us is to have faith and believe that God knows best and his judgment will occur in his perfect way and timing.

“Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” – Psalm 82:8 

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