“God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.”
Law and Order was one of the longest running television series of all time airing for 20 years. Every episode began with the words; “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.” And every episode began the same way; a victim was discovered and their case investigated and the suspects brought to trial. I can recall one episode where the judge was corrupt and stood in the way of the man receiving a fair trial. There is something within us where we expect those who judge to behave fairly.
While we might not always get a fair trial here on earth it is guaranteed that we will get one when we stand before God. Abraham declared, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” God will not be bribed and nothing is hidden from His sight. Our actions will be weighed against His perfect righteousness and no one will escape his careful scrutiny. While we cannot escape this judgment we can prepare in advance for it. God, the perfect judge, sent His own Son to pay the penalty for all sin. Since Christ bore the consequences for our crimes our sins can be forgiven and the charges against us removed. God will never allow a person to be judged twice for the same sin. Since Jesus payed our penalty we are free to receive God’s pardon.
Make no mistake about it, God is a just judge and everyone will one day face Him. But remember if you come to Christ now you will be freed from the judgment to come.
Questions for Psalm 82
- How is God contrasted with the judges of men?
- How does God feel about the afflicted and needy?
- Instead of applying this to your own needs, think of how you can minister to the needs of someone else today.
- Now go do it!