Give justice to the weak and the fatherless
Psalm 82:3 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Psalm 82 is a psalm of Asaph, one of King David’s 3 chief musicians.
The plea in the above verse is a constant concern of God made in the Old Testament prophets.
Here we can see, 4 strong words of command, which make it very clear of what God
expects of all who find themselves in positions of responsibility, leadership
- 1) “DEFEND the poor and fatherless”* God has always disapproved of those who take advantage of the weak and helpless.
So those who have no voice, let’s be their voice.
Those who have no advocate, let’s be their advocate.
Orphans in particular are of special concern to our God in heaven.
But……. *Remember we were poor in spirit and spiritually fatherless until our “Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous,” took up our cause. *
- 2) “DO justice to the afflicted and needy” •The afflicted are those opposed by the wicked of v. 2.
• The needy are those with nothing in their hands, with no place to turn.
They are at the mercy of others for help and deliverance.
- “DELIVER the poor and needy” •
Here the key word is “deliver.” This means “rescue.” those who are in a helpless situation. People like, If they are not rescued they will certainly perish.
BUT BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE PEOPLE who takes religion as a business.
- “FREE them from the hand of the wicked.”
Here we see that the Judges are wicked against the less fortunate, instead of defend and help the poor.
Some of us are still exploiting these poor people and using them for our benefits.
God clearly stands with the marginalized.
So… Friends, ………..
Today, …….. Let’s find some time to pray for all of God’s people that they may take up this responsibility to DEFEND and DELIVER.
Declare that all Christians may become Volunteers,
………. and that those who have already started this great work may not get weak.
Jooley Mathew Z