Studies in Psalms – Psa 82:1-8 “We Are His Witnesses of These Things”

Psa 82:1-8 “We are his witnesses of these things”

Psa 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
Psa 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
Psa 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

Knowing who Asaph is by looking at the various scriptures that mention his name and then correlating that understanding of who and what he did in his life will serve to help us understand this “Psalm of Asaph” and how God’s people are gathered or drawn together, which is what Asaph’s name means. We are gathered together to be witnesses of these things today.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

This particular Psalm demonstrates what God is doing in the midst of his people, and how He is bringing us to see that we go from being false prophets at first and then by the grace and faith of God we become faithful witnesses or “recorders” of God’s truth once we have been judged and our “dead bodies” lie dead in the street for “three days and an half” as stated in.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

God will not allow the people to bury His two witnesses (Eph 1:11) or “not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves”, which tells us that being trodden under the foot of men is a good thing and something that must also be witnessed by “they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations” who “shall see their dead bodies three days and an half”. God puts our dead bodies on display for all the world to see (Gal 2:20), and the world cannot understand why we won’t run to the same excess of riot and come down from the cross that we must endure with Christ through the darkness of this world in man’s flesh which is symbolized by the three hours of darkness, the process of coming out of the earth, earth, earth, that can only unfold by being on the cross with Christ.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

Mar 15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

We are asked in verse 2 “how long will you judge unjustly” and “accept the persons of the wicked” which questions precede verse one which tells us “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods”. God’s judgments will always be just long enough to serve His purpose of showing us how powerless we are without Him and how we are beasts (Ecc 3:18) that need deliverance through judgment that only becomes just judgment in our hearts after we’ve been granted to follow Christ’s example of a life completely dependent on our Father (Joh 5:30, Heb 12:1-2).

If we are going to “comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” and to ” know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Eph 3:18-19), we must as His children enter into a narrow path of judgment and much tribulation (Mat 7:14, Act 14:22) which will be accompanied by His mercy which is shown in how our Father prepares our hearts to heed the admonitions that tell us to be awake and be ready (Eze 38:7, 1Pe 5:8).

What God must do at first is show us that we don’t judge justly, and that we accept the persons of the wicked until we are judged of Him, then we can learn through that judgment upon us to do what is required in verses three and four, which speak of pure religion (Jas 1:27). God’s mercy is found in the Ark which is a type of the church where the saints of God come to understand what is “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” that make up the spiritual construction of this ark or temple or body of Christ that we are (1Co 3:16).

Verse 5 reminds us again of the faulty foundation of the church, or the earth that we come out of that knows not, neither understands, as we walk in darkness (1Jn 5:19). It is not just some of the foundation that is “out of course” but rather “all the foundation” the whole stay of bread and water taken away (Isa 1:3, Isa 3:1)

Being a son of God as Adam was (Luk 3:38) and knowing that “Ye are gods” (Joh 10:34) does not make you of that generation who are being judged and made anew in this age (Mat 24:34), however if we are blessed to not “die like men” or “fall like one of the princes” it will require that we are blessed of God to die daily and be baptized into His death which dying was only typified in the old covenant and every life that is sacrificed in unbelief to teach God’s elect that lesson (Col 2:16-17, 1Co 10:11).

In other words, we can be dead in the street today for three and a half days (Rom 14:5) while at the same time be alive in Christ and raised in heavenly places (Eph 2:6) to bear witness and record of His might and power for three and one half symbollic years by the power of the holy spirit, which spirit makes it possible for this record, this witness, to be accomplished (Rev 11:3, Zec 4:6). The only days that God’s elect are “fully persuaded” of is the ‘day of the Lord’ and not the days, months, times and years of this world (Gal 4:10). It is in the ‘day of the Lord’ that all nations are gathered (Asaph) and judged and blessed to become a new creation in Him (Joe 3:2).

The end result and purpose for God raising us up as a kind of first fruits being judged in this age is described in.

Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

If we are made ready to be judges, kings and priests in this age, it will be because He has risen us up and gathered us together into heavenly places to be judged so that we can “inherit all nations” and see all men be saved through the body of Christ the church who will be used to gather “my heritage Israel”. The valley of Jehoshaphat is another type and shadow of that time when Gog and Magog come up against the camp of the saints who have been made ready and done all so they can stand against the adversary who will be saved yet so as by fire.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Psa 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

Clearly it is God who does the dragging and converting in our life (Joh 6:44, 1Co 3:6) and He brings His people to see that there is no might in us [lying dead in the street] at all until His power is given (Rev 11:3). This is why it says “he judgeth among the gods”.

People thought Paul was a god because of their superstitious ways and by what he was able to do in their midst (Act 28:3-6).

The symbolism is not lost on us being that not only are we not hurt by the sting of the serpent who represents Satan (1Co 15:55, Heb 2:14), but we are also able to heal each other as we confess our faults and seek His mercy by looking to the Seraphim in each other (Num 21:9, Joh 3:14, Eph 2:6).

Paul explained to the church what he and Apollos and all God’s elect are in His sight.

1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

So now we need to ask who was Asaph? Asaph is Christ and God’s elect in type and shadow, and looking at the words forest, gardens, orchards, and paradise in the following verses is very instructive to show us what we must be doing if we are about our Father’s business as Christ was (Luk 2:49).

Who is Asaph? His son(s) record and bear record, who witness and are used of God to take care of the garden, of the orchards, and of the kings forests. Asaph is you and I in this age if we are being blessed to “eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradiseG3857 of God”.

(recorder) 2Ki_18:18; Isa_36:22; 2Ki_18:37 ; Isa_36:3
(made a sound with) cymbals to praise the Lord: 1Ch_15:19; 1Ch_16:5 ; 1Ch_25:1; Ezr_3:10
(chief of the) singers to praise the Lord with thanksgiving: Neh_12:46
keeper of the king’s forest: Neh_2:8

(KJV) Neh 2:8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest,H6508 that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.

(ABP+)Neh 2:8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the garden,G3857 which is to the king, so as to give to me wood to roof the gates of the palace of the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house, for which I shall enter unto it. And [3gave 4to me 1the 2king] by [3hand 4of God 1the 2good] upon me. (1Co 3:16 not just the temple of God but what went into that temple, the building and all that was within and around it).

H6508 pardês Total KJV Occurrences: 3

Neh 2:8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest,H6508 that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.

Son 4:13 Thy plants are an orchardH6508 of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

Ecc 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards,H6508 and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

G3857: seen in KJV:

Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.G3857

2Co 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise,G3857 and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradiseG3857 of God.

He judges among the gods” 1Ki 3:28

(ABP+) G3588 GodG2316 stoodG2476 inG1722 the congregationG4864 of gods;G2316 [2inG1722 3the midstG3319 1and]G1161 of godsG2316 he examines.G1252

(CLV) An Asaphic Psalm Elohim is stationed in the congregation of El; Among the elohim is He judging:

(DRB) A psalm for Asaph. God hath stood in the congregation of gods: and being in the midst of them he judgeth gods.

(ERV) One of Asaph’s songs of praise. God stands in the assembly of the gods. He stands as judge among the judges.

(KJV) A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

(LITV) A Psalm of Asaph God stands in the assembly of the mighty; He judges in the midst of the gods.

(Rotherham) A Melody of Asaph. God, hath taken his place in the august assembly, In the midst of the gods, will he judge.

(YLT) –A Psalm of Asaph. God hath stood in the company of God, In the midst God doth judge.

The reason we can be blameless and harmless in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, is because God has granted us to be given “to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Psa 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

There is a “Selah”, a pause, at the end of this question because God wants us to reflect and examine ourselves daily, to know if we are truly judging justly and not accepting the persons of the wicked. It is always easier for our flesh to go along and get along as does the whole ecumenical world whose mantra is “unity in the essentials and tolerance in the nonessentials”.

What is nonessential to the flesh is to mortify the deeds of the body and judge that body, and the flesh feels no need to be holy and reject the persons of the wicked. The world cannot understand that God has called us to the highest possible standard of bringing every thought into subjection unto him, knowing that we will give account for every idle thought to our merciful Father who is little by little preparing the bride of Christ for the rest of humanity who cannot at this hour cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.

Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

These two verses can be summed up with this verse:

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

We are “afflicted and needy”, the weak of the world who are in need of a physician. The world has been blinded to not see their need for this physician and consider themselves spiritually healthy, which mindset is what keeps us spiritually blind.

Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Psa 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

God purposed from the foundation of the world that humanity would “know not” and be blinded by the parables that Christ would speak. Walking in darkness is the corrupt foundation that we are called out of, and it is the earth or Babylon who’s “out of course” as her paths are not straight, and it is only those who are called out of the church in this age or out of the wilderness who can be blessed to make our ways straight through Christ who is the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel who makes this possible.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Joh 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

We are God’s children, and behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we may have this privilege and honour to be judged in this age to be blessed to be able to die to self and be baptised into his death (Rom 6:4). 

1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

We are the seed that must die (Joh 12:24) in order to bring forth fruit, and if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death as one body, one seed (Gal 3:16) then we are being raised today into the newness of life that is Christ and his body also called the ‘manchild’ (Eph 2:4-6, Rev 12:5).

Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

“Arise, O God, judge the earth” is being fulfilled in these verses where we read:

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

‘We are his witnesses of these things.’ We are advancing the gospel of God through our suffering (Php 1:12) which causes us to cease from sinning (1Pe 4:1). Our gathering [Asaph] helps us heal and mend from those chastening moments and sourgings that every son must receive to become sons of God in this age (Heb 12:6). And finally our gathering, recording and overcoming together as one family of God is preparing us as a ministry of reconciliation that shall together “inherit all nations”.

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