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March 2, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 8-10
Audio: Deuteronomy 8-10

Psalm 82 (ESV)

A Psalm of Asaph.

God has taken his place in the divine council;
    in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“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.”

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

I said, “You are gods,
    sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
    and fall like any prince.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
    for you shall inherit all the nations!


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. The Presence of God in Persecution 

    Today's psalm is another reminder that although we may not see the work of God in the midst of persecution and destruction, God is present. The Reformation Study Bible highlights this point: "The heart of the covenant is the promise that God will be present with His people. To the psalmist’s eyes God is absent from His people if they are defeated before the enemy."

    If we're honest with ourselves, God can seem distant – especially when evil seems to be running unimpeded by God or we are going through a long trial. But God can't be absent in any situation because He is God. This reveals the underlying issue with these thoughts – we know God is there but because He is not doing what we think He should be doing, we hold Him in contempt. And if we don't go that far, the seeds of contempt are being scattered in our minds. 

    It's important for us to remember that we answer to God. He doesn't answer to us. Ever. If our focus is on the glory of God and not on ourselves or our circumstances, we will learn to be content in all things and to trust God even when He seems far away. 


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "The Almighty Breaker" by Robert Hawker

    "Hasten, blessed Jesus! Come, my beloved, and, with a glory infinitely surpassing anything we could imagine, show yourself as the Almighty Breaker, in this full display of your sovereignty and power.

    And then, as Samson carried with him the gates of his prison, so will you break up and carry away all the gates of your people’s graves, and take all your redeemed home with you to glory—that where you are, there they will be also. Hail, you Almighty Breaker! Jesus omnipotent, reigns! Amen!"

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 
     

  2. After reading this psalm, I went on a search for articles about the "divine council" and "in the midst of the gods He holds judgment." A fascinating subject!

    But I found this along the journey and thought of you, Scott! It’s an intro to Charles Spurgeon’s commentary on Psalm 82:

    "This poet of the temple here acts as a preacher to the court and to the magistracy. Men who do one thing well are generally equal to another; he who writes good verse is not unlikely to be able to preach. What preaching it would have been had Milton entered the pulpit, or had Virgil been an apostle.

    "Asaph's sermon before the judges is now before us. He speaks very plainly, and his song is rather characterised by strength than by sweetness. We have here a clear proof that all psalms and hymns need not be direct expressions of praise to God; we may, according to the example of this psalm, admonish one another in our songs. Asaph no doubt saw around him much bribery and corruption, and while David punished it with the sword, he resolved to scourge it with a prophetic psalm. In so doing, the sweet singer was not forsaking his profession as a musician for the Lord, but rather was practically carrying it out in another department. He was praising God when he rebuked the sin which dishonoured him, and if he was not making music, he was hushing discord when he bade rulers dispense justice with impartiality." (From Charles H. Spurgeon's "Treasury of David" Commentary on Psalm 82)

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