A Season of Psalms - Psalm 82:2-5
“‘How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’ They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said “Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” In fact, the very word “Christian” means “to be like Christ.” When we become a follower of Jesus and identify ourselves with Him, we become an extension of Him, continuing His earthly ministry that He initiated 2000 years ago. If you are a Christian today, then you are called into ministry, called to carry the torch of the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Psalm 82 opens with God taking His seat in the “pantheon” of gods and preparing to offer judgment on the “gods” who have failed to take care of His people. The psalm acknowledges that there are spiritual forces at work in the world, and God finds them all guilty. He accuses them in verse 2 of failing to judge with justice and showing impartiality. Rather, He says, give justice to those who need it; maintain the rights of the hurting and the poor. Rescue those who can’t rescue themselves and deliver them from the hands of the wicked. It’s clear that those whom God established as caretakers of His people had failed in their calling.
On judgment day, we will have to give an account for our every word and deed. God will not adjudicate according to our intentions, but rather by our actions. What did we do to propagate the name of Christ? What did we fail to do when we had opportunity? Our faith is not meant to be compartmentalized and kept to ourselves. How can we show the world that Christ is real in us? By loving Him and loving His people. When we love Him, we show our love by loving His people. When we love and take care of His people, we show our love for God. Let’s not allow our koinonia to become koinonitis, but rather “love your neighbor as yourself.” Go, and do likewise. It’s the best way, in fact, to show that you’re a Christian!
Further Reading: Luke 10:25-37; Ruth 3-4; James 2:14-26
Pray with me:
Father, show me someone today to whom I can share the love of Christ. May I love them as You love them and see them as You see them. Give me tangible opportunities to put my faith into action. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.