Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An exhortation to judges.

A Psalm of Asaph.
1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
He judges among the gods. (Judges are called 'gods' because they are supposed to act on behalf of God, and administer the Law of God as representatives of God's justice)
2 How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah (Stop, pause, think about this! How utterly reprehensible when the judges in the land no longer judge according to God's Law, but according to partial laws, or according to those who can afford the best legalist to defend them.)
3 Defend the poor and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked. (Our law courts must defend the vulnerable from the hand of wicked men. In a growing way, the law courts of our western world dismiss the wicked on a technicality, and deny justice to the vulnerable)

5 They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable. (When justice is abstracted and founded on anything else besides the clear statements of God's Holy Law, the the judicial system walks in darkness and administers what it calls justice in an arbitrary way. This makes unstable the foundations of the culture.)

6 I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
7 But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.” (It was the Triune God Who called the judges of our law courts, 'gods.' He gave them that title to remind them of their Holy calling. However, despite all the symbols of court, that were designed to remind the judges that they sit as earthly reflections of the court room of heaven to be set up on the last day, many of our judges have forgotten God. Some of them seem to think that they are God, deciding for themselves what is good and evil.)

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For You shall inherit all nations. (We have a final court of appeal. Jesus is the Judge of all judges. If we do not obtain justice in this life, then justice will be done in the life to come. However, we do have a right of appeal when we are in Jesus Christ. The church has the boldness, because of the blood of Jesus, to go before the Judge of judges and ask for a retrial. However, the church must remember, that judgement begins at the house of God, so we need to ensure that our own house has repented of its sins, before we ask the heavenly Judge to judge our enemies.)

(Psalm 82)

Matthew Henry had this to say of Psalm 82:

Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God's providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs. (Ps 82:6-8)

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