Author: Asaph – God will judge fairly. He also will judge the wicked who have unfairly treated others.
Verse 1 – God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.
Verse 2 – How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Verse 2, is talking about the officials who seemed to be letting the wicked slide on injustices. How many times have we seen in your life, where courts allowed a slap on the wrist or even set free the guilty? Asaph was asking God why He allowed it to continue.
Verse 3 – Defend the poor and the fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
Verse 4 – Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
Verse 5 – They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.
Because all the officials were corrupt in their rulings, they had disrupted the entire world system from the way God had set it to be. They didn’t know how to make right decisions because they didn’t know God nor did they understand Him. This kind of sounds like our laws being passed today.
Verse 6 – I said, “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High.”
Verse 7 – “But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”
Asaph called the rulers and judges “gods” and “sons” of the “Most High.” They were called “gods” because they were given the position of executing God’s judgments. However, they were taking advantage of the poor and needy and judgement was coming.
Verse 8 – Arise, O God, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations.
Since God is the creator of it all, He is the One who will restore all balance in the earth.