This is a short psalm of only 8 verses but it is very punchy in its message which is as valid today as aeons ago. Since it is so short I thought I would share it in its entirety from the New International Version.
“God presides in the great assembly;
He gives judgement among the ‘gods’:
“‘How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
“‘They know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
“‘I said, “You are ‘gods’; you are all sons of the Most High.”
But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.’
“Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.”
Verses 3 and 4 summarise our responsibilities are humans under God’s law and bear repeating:
“Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
How is it that the world has “evolved” and societies “developed” yet we still have the weak, the fatherless, the poor and the oppressed? I know Jesus said we would always have the poor amongst us (Matthew 26:11, John 12:8 and Mark 14:7) but it still saddens me that the wicked and the unjust are preferred by people with power – the ‘gods’ on earth. It isn’t clear who exactly are the lost who understand nothing but I suspect it is those who believe they know it all and do not need God.
I do sometimes feel like crying out “How long Oh Lord? Come Lord, come.”