Read Psalm 82 today.
What is the predicament of the weak and fatherless?
What does the psalmist desire and request?
How does the psalmist ask for care for the least of these?
The heart of God and our call includes care for the weak, fatherless, and least of these.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
That we would be free from the pressures to play favorites and show partiality.
That we would confess our neglect of caring for the weak, fatherless, and least of these.
That we would move toward care for the least of these, especially in our neighborhoods and cities.
That we would have eyes to see those who walk in darkness, and we would be willing to walk with them in their darkness and toward the light of God’s love and rescue.
Asaph’s poetic song
1 All rise! For God now comes to judge
as he convenes heaven’s courtroom.
He judges every judge and rules in the midst of the gods, saying,
2 “How long will you judges refuse to listen
to the voice of true justice and continue to corrupt what is right
by judging in favor of the wrong?”
Pause in his presence
3 “Defend the defenseless, the fatherless and the forgotten,
the disenfranchised and the destitute.
4 Your duty is to deliver the poor and the powerless;
liberate them from the grasp of the wicked.
5 But you continue in your darkness and ignorance
while the foundations of society are shaken to the core!
6 Didn’t I commission you as judges, saying,
‘You are all like gods, since you judge on my behalf.
You are all like sons of the Most High, my representatives.’
7 Nevertheless, in death you are nothing but mere men!
You will be laid in the ground like any prince and you will die.”
8 All rise! For God now takes his place as judge of all the earth.
Don’t you know that everything and everyone belongs to him?
The nations will be sifted in his hands!