“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (82:3-4). This psalm rebukes the leaders (“gods”) who “judge unjustly” by ignoring the rights and the well-being of the poor and fatherless. These cold-hearted, morally compromised leaders think that they are above God’s law, but they will “die like men” (v7) and be held accountable.
Psalm 83 calls on God: “Do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!” (v1). By prayer and action, we can be part of God’s good purposes in our world.