Saturday 9 June, 2018

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph. 1 God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”: 2 “How long will you[a] defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? 3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. 5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ 7 But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” 8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

I have been reading the Psalms a lot more over the past few months and never cease to find encouragement in them. I love that God has such a heart for us, and this psalm is a great reminder of that.

This whole psalm speaks of God’s goodness & how wonderful it is to be close to Him. For me, this is resoundingly clear in the last two verses. Recently I have experienced so many changes in life, and many times I have questioned where I now stand and what I should be doing. Yet I trust that God is able to provide light like the sun to guide & reveal Himself to me, and that He wants to shield me to keep me safe, even in the midst of chaos around me. I am reminded too of all the times that God has shown me favour & blessing recently, even when circumstances in life don’t appear that way. He can be trusted as He rules over all.

God, I’m so grateful for your Word, which never ceases to encourage & uplift. Help me to hold on to your goodness & to stand firm in your promises of who you are. Amen

Written by Ps. Madelaine Tarasenko

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