Daily Bible Reading “Arise, O God, Judge the Earth” (Psalm 82:1-8)

psalm 82-8Arise, O God, Judge the Earth

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 82:1-8. Psalm 82 is a Psalm of Asaph. Asaph reminds us that God is a just judge. He asked, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?” What does he mean by this question?

There are judges who are put in places of authority in this world, but some of them don’t judge justly. They were having this problem back in Asaph’s day as well. This was their appointed job. These people were called by God to be arbiters among the people. They were to help keep the peace in the land. They were the ones who handed down sentences to those who sinned against the people. He instructed the judges to defend the poor and fatherless. He asked them to deliver the poor and needy from the hand of the wicked.

Because of their authority these judges thought they were better than everyone else. He reminded them they were mere humans and they would die like the rest of us. Asaph cried out for God to rise up, judge the earth, and claim all the nations He will inherit.

As Christians we represent Jesus in the world. How do we represent Him? Do we judge others? Although we are not judges in the same sense as the people Asaph was talking to in this Scripture, sometimes we have a tendency to look at others and judge them because they are different from us. This Scripture reminds us it’s not our place to judge; that is God’s job.


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 82:1-8

1 [[A Psalm of Asaph.]] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.


Things to think about:

  • In what ways do we judge other people?
  • Is it our place to judge others?
  • Who is the one true judge?
  • When we are judgmental, are we setting good examples for other people?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 82. Help us to represent You in this world in a way that will bring honor and glory to You. Help us to realize that we are not the judges of other people; though there are times when we must make discernments about others, it is not our place to judge them. You are the one true judge who knows all about us and our intentions. You are the one righteous judge. Help us to honor Your authority in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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