Seeker: “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:”
Teacher: God seeks to instruct the leaders of the earth as to how they should govern the people and rule over them. But many do not seek God’s wisdom or follow correctly what God teaches. God loses patience with them, and the psalmist narrates God’s displeasure.
Preacher: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah”
Teacher: God accuses the leaders of playing favorites and allowing those with wealth and privilege to have their own way. And the leaders themselves use and abuse their subjects who are without power and influence. This was true in the time of the psalmist, and is true today.
Seeker: “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Teacher: Whether it is in the time of the psalmist, or in contemporary times. Those who have power and influence, who set themselves up to rule or are asked/elected to leadership have a responsibility to govern and lead wisely. God accuses them when they do not fulfill those obligations.
Preacher: “They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”
Teacher: God tells them they have let down the people who look toward them, and have let down God who has placed them or allowed them to be placed/allowed them to seek out positions of authority.
Seeker: “I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
and fall like any prince.”
Teacher: God’s accusations stand, from the time of the first ruler to now. And the people who have been used and abused cry out to God . . .
Preacher: “Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!” (Psalms 82)
A new name today, “Teacher.” When I thought about what I wanted to accomplish here, I knew there needed to be a voice that narrated this psalm; told you, beloved reader, what was going on. I did not want to use “Preacher” or “Seeker” because the persona of each has never been to reveal background or context; and if giving any commentary, only in the gentlest of senses. But context and background needed to be set, so I determined to place my self in the reading as “Teacher” but only in the sense that I was giving information that anyone could learn from reading commentaries. I do not know if we will form a trio again . . . stay tuned.