The Psalm says, You are gods.” What could that mean?
Psalm 82 1 God takes his stand in the divine council; he gives judgment among the gods: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly by granting favor to the wicked? Seals 3 Give justice to the lowly and the orphan; maintain the right of the poor and the destitute! 4 Rescue the lowly and the needy. Deliver them from the power of the wicked! 5 They don’t know; they don’t understand; they wander around in the dark. All the earth’s foundations shake. 6 I hereby declare, “You are gods, children of the Most High—all of you! 7 But you will die like mortals; you will fall down like any prince.” 8 Rise up, God! Judge the earth because you hold all nations in your possession! (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
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Psalm 82 (in other words)
God’s standing provides divine counsel through an insistent unheard inner voice that is received as a calling. That insistent calling comes as judgment upon anyone who favors using power and prestige to disenfranchise and oppress. Instead, divine counsel encourages justice for the oppressed and suffering. Such justice focuses on the rights of the poor and destitute, giving them a new start, delivering them from people and institutions that marginalize and maltreat them. Those abusive individuals and institutions don’t have a clue; they wander around aimlessly, as if trudging through a pool of putrid sludge.This divine counsel shakes the foundations of the earth, hailing all toward the New Israel (the New Humanity) — that is, the ones in whom true divinity is present as the embodiment of compassion, peace, and justice. Of course, lest you forget, being mortal you will die. That sober reality is not to distress us, but to heightens our awareness, lest we be judged with those who rely on power and prestige.