The Plush Silence of Heaven (Psalm 82)

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On Sunday Wess discussed Psalm 82, opening our eyes to the world around us, defending the defenseless, and standing up for underdogs.

Psalm 82

A Plea for Justice

A Psalm of Asaph.
God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgement:
‘How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk around in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I say, ‘You are gods,
children of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
and fall like any prince.’

Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
for all the nations belong to you!

What do you notice about this text?
Do you find yourself within this Psalm?
What are the issues of justice before you that you’re being asked to keep before God? How about as a church community?

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Also, check out Wess’s blog post for a more in-depth analysis of the text.