Messiah the true Judge of a misgoverned world
 
This specifically is directed to those who are in authority in this world. The use of the word ‘gods’ pertains to magistrates and those who bear the sword of rule and justice. Prophetically, it looks especially to the time when Christ reproved the Jewish rulers of His day in John 10:34,35. There are clear principles of government laid down in this psalm, but the Jews had neglected such. Justice was perverted, the poor and needy neglected, and the unscrupulous used these unfortunates for their own ends. Although this happened for a season, God would not be mocked, for they would be held accountable. These civil and ecclesiastical powers are ordained by God, and are His ministers, writes Paul, but they will answer ultimately to Him for their stewardship.
 

Psalm 82

   1  In gods' assembly God doth stand;
         he judgeth gods among.
   2  How long, accepting persons vile,
         will ye give judgment wrong?

   3  Defend the poor and fatherless;
         to poor oppressed do right.
   4  The poor and needy ones set free;
         rid them from ill men's might.

   5  They know not, nor will understand;
         in darkness they walk on:
      All the foundations of the earth
         out of their course are gone.

   6  I said that ye are gods, and are
         sons of the Highest all:
   7  But ye shall die like men, and as
         one of the princes fall.

   8  O God, do thou raise up thyself,
         the earth to judgment call:
      For thou, as thine inheritance,
         shalt take the nations all.


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