Psalm 82 (Psalms on the Trail)

Psalm 82: 2-3: Mountain wood sorrel

(Tiny wood sorrel in the spring)

“How long will you judge unjustly, and show favor to the wicked?

Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy.

Rescue the weak and poor.”  Psalm 82:2-4a

According to the psalmist, this is the question and command that God asks of us.  It has been a hard lesson over the past year or two to learn that I can’t assume that this concern of God will be carried out by my government whose priorities are different.  And so it is left up to people like me and you to save the weak and the orphan and the humble and the needy, the poor…. Of course, we can do that in a hundred or more different ways.  The important thing is to do something.  So here’s my question to all of you: among the many worthy organizations, causes or individual efforts that carry out the desires of God above, what are you involved in supporting financially or volunteering personally?  Please comment with several of your ways of serving.  This is NOT a bragging list by any means.  This is lifting up for others to know the unique ways God has laid on our hearts to care about the world in Christ’s name in order to make a tiny difference in a world full of needs. So I’ll start with a few of my own and you can respond in comments of yours:  Family Promise (churches helping to house and transition homeless families to stable homes); New Cumberland/New Hope after-school program; contributing to local food pantries; loving, raising and encouraging our beautiful daughter once orphaned in India who now cares for needy children in Philly….Now it’s your turn to add with a comment or website:


1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder?  When/where has God called you to serve?

2. Or read all of Psalm 82 to discover how this verse fits into this psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that is a window of this verse’s meaning for you.

The next psalm will be from Psalm 83:18.

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.


  1. I’ve been serving as a victim-offender conference facilitator, which brings youth who have made bad choices and are now in the legal system together face-to-face (hopefully) with the victim(s) of their crime to discuss how the harm can be set right.