Let’s focus on the second of the three books we read today, Psalms 82.
You probably noticed in verse one where it said, “He pronounces judgment among the gods” and then in verses six and seven, “You are gods. You are all sons of the Most High.”
If you’re not reading along with me with a printed or online Bible, I should probably point out to you that the word “gods” is written with a small “g”, meaning that God is not making them equal with Himself. But besides that, what is going on here? Are there other gods?
Well, of course we make gods of many different things. Anything you put above the true Almighty God (capital “G”) has become, for you, a god (small “g”), and that can only spell trouble for you. That’s why Jesus told the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22 to go and sell everything. Remember that story? The young man asked Jesus what he must do to have eternal life. Jesus told him, “Keep the commandments.” The man told him that he had, and asked Jesus what he still lacked. Jesus told him to sell what he had and give to the poor, and then he would have treasure in heaven. Then he should go and follow Jesus. At that point the young man went away, grieving, because he had great wealth. So this young man’s god was his wealth.
We must guard against putting anything above Almighty God, our Creator.
But this isn’t the small “g” god that is referred to here in Psalms 82.
The word here refers to earthly magistrates and governors. We can tell this by the language. It says, “How long are you going to judge unfairly?
How long are you going to side with wicked people?” And it goes on to tell them what they should be doing, like defending the weak and defenseless. He is talking to those who were judges in Israel, because he says, “You are all sons of the Most High.” And he reminds them that they will be judged because of their own wickedness, ” You will certainly die like humans and fall like any prince.”
Luke 12:48 says, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” These “gods” were thinking much too highly of themselves, and had become corrupt and evil. The Psalmist was passing along God’s reproach to them.
Let us humbly thank God for the blessings and responsibilities He has given us, whatever those may be. And let us prayerfully consider how He wants us to use those things. We are only temporary custodians. If we are foolish enough to think that they come to us by our own efforts or because we deserve them, we run the risk of a great fall.