Daily Scriptures

Saturday, October 25: Rise up, O God


Saturday in the PsalmsOn Saturdays we'll worship God through a selection from the Psalms.

Read Psalm 82

God presides in the great assembly;

he renders judgment among the "gods":

"How long will you defend the unjust

and show partiality to the wicked?

Defend the weak and the fatherless;

uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

"The 'gods' 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 mortals;

you will fall like every other ruler."

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,

for all the nations are your inheritance.


Wow—the psalmist is bold here, pretty much telling God what he should do: "Rise up, O God." "Defend the weak…. deliver them." Under what circumstances could you feel comfortable speaking to God in this way?


One thing we can always call on God to do is to be God, to act in a way that's consistent with who God is. Perhaps this is another way of stating what Jesus did in the Lord's Prayer: "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Tell him that today, including what this psalm asks for the weak and the oppressed.