Day 168 June 17 Psalm 82:1

Psalm 82:1-4God calls the judges into his courtroom, he puts all the judges in the dock.“Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough, you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.”What is the job of a judge? I had never thought of this before. They have a job, what is that job?They are to defend the defenseless. They are to make sure that the underdogs get a fair break. They are to stand up for the powerless. They are to prosecute those who exploit the powerless.This is a great commission. Where a judge must make a fair and equatable decision based on the facts. A judge must be able to discern if the “facts” ring false, when someone is lying. A judge must be able to see when the down and out person is truly down and out or is guilty.It is not about who has the best lawyers to twist the facts and “make a case”. Or it shouldn’t be about that. It should be about the truth. It should be about who was wronged. And what would be a fair punishment for the crime.Lord, forgive me for my sins, for my wrongdoing and for my unfair judging of others. I am your judge on some levels. I need to defend the defenseless. I need to remember to use your grace and your mercy when I make a decision about someone else.Help me to pray for others. Help me to pray for your loving, saving grace to soften the hearts of our leaders. Help me to soften my own heart for those leaders. Don’t let me judge them, only pray for them.Fill me with your gentleness and your kindness. Show me how to judge with your grace and your mercy, with your great compassionate love. And then fill me with your sweet sweet joy and your strength to live a loving life for you.

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