This little Psalm packs a wallop!
It's hard to ignore. The warnings are chilling.
It would be easier to skim through if we weren't at this crisis in our country
"God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.
How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked?
...They know not, neither will they understand;
they walk on in darkness:
all the foundations of the earth are out of course."
(verses 1-2, 5)
"Here comes the judge. All rise."
In England, the Court of the King's Bench is properly the place where the king presides, and where he is supposed to be always present. But the kings of England seldom make their appearance there. King James I sometimes attended: at such times it might be said, 'The king is in the king's court.' I believe the case above to be similar. Judges! beware what you do! God is in His court, --and in the midst (of the assembly) God will judge." (Adam Clarke)
"All the foundations of the earth are out of course."
What's the big deal about having monuments or even pictures of the Ten Commandments in courthouses? It is because our justice system has been based on Judeo-Christian ethics. Without that we are without an anchor on an ocean of whims and waves. Why is there a force against them? "We battle not against flesh and blood..." "'All the civil institutions of the land totter.' Justice is at the head of all the institutions in a well regulated state: when that gets poisoned or perverted, every evil, political and domestic, must prevail. Even religion itself ceases to have any influence." (Adam Clarke) Hmm. Did he just write this or was it written in the 1700's? This is why the presidential race is such a big deal, because the Supreme Court Justices appointed by presidents will outlast presidents. Are we there yet? Sadly, yes.
"To do unjustly is bad,
but to judge unjustly is much worse,
because it is doing wrong under the colour of right.
They have baffled their own consciences, and so they walk in darkness.
What were the consequences of this sin: 'All the foundations of the earth are out of course.'"
"They know not, neither wilt they understand;
they walk on in darkness:
all the foundations are out of course."
"Neither will they understand."
"They are ignorant, and do not wish to be instructed.
They will not learn: they cannot teach."
"All is out of order; and the judges are the cause of it.
1. Through ignorance. They know not the law (verse 5)
2. Though obstinacy. They will not learn it, (verse 5)
3. Through their determination to walk in their own way (verse 5)
They should, in consequence, be brought to an untimely death...
to a shameful death. Ye shall have a mighty fall."
"He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to DO JUSTICE,
to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
"Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."
Justice is the very thread woven into the character of God. Yet, the King of all the earth, the Judge of all the earth looks down on His wicked children and offers mercy instead of justice, offers His Son's blood atonement instead of giving us what we deserve. All of civilizations hinge on justice instead of chaos. Yet, in His court, He has offered pardon. We are the weak and the needy, the afflicted and the destitute. When we are fatherless, He offers adoption to become our "Abba Father."
"The dignity of their (the judges) character is acknowledged...He calls them gods because they had a commission from God and were delegated and appointed by him to be the conservators of the public peace. It is a hard thing for men to have so much honour put upon them by the hand of God, and so much honour paid them...and not to be proud of it and puffed up with it. Thus God gives the reminder...
And fall like any one of the princes."
"O princes! shall fall.
Death mingles scepters with spades."
"Justice shall pursue you, and judgment shall overtake you;
and you shall be executed like public state criminals."
"Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For it is Thou who dost possess all the nations."
"of whom can it be said that he shall inherit all nations, but of Jesus Christ?"
Thus we find ourselves with two presidential candidates who are both facing court charges from putting our national security at risk to fraud for false claims as a university, to rape-pediophile charges. Hmm.
If God had been appointed as a Supreme Court Judge, how would the court swing? What about forcing Christian institutions to provide abortion? Partial birth abortion, any abortion? What about the definition of marriage? What about what will be brought before them, transgender bathroom issues? Oh, wait a minute, He is the Supreme Court Judge. He doesn't even need the others. The gavel is in His hand. All rise.