Palm 82 is one of those challenging, but ultimately encouraging psalms about God’s Justice. The psalm sets out the fact and character of God’s Judgement unequivocally:
- GOD standeth in the congregation of princes: he is a Judge among gods.
- How long will ye give wrong judgement: and accept the persons of the ungodly?
- Defend the poor and fatherless: see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
- Deliver the outcast and poor: save them from the hand of the ungodly.
My response to this psalm was written at a time when both the Black Lives Matter movement and the social inequalities exposed and brought to the light by the covid pandemic were challenging our complacency and calling for a prophetic Christian response, and I once more felt how relevant these ancient psalms are to our everyday life.
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For things are not so hopeless as they seem
God stands among the rulers as a judge.
He has no partiality. We deem
Ourselves better than others, hold a grudge
Against the stranger in our midst, reject
The ones who aren’t like us, but he will judge
The world in righteousness. He will reject
The special pleading of the privileged.
And bless the meek instead. If we reflect
A little, in this earthly pilgrimage,
On how he loved the ‘other’ and the outcast
Then we will learn to share our heritage,
Not keep it only for our kin and caste,
But gather as the children of one king,
As kindred in our father’s house at last.
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