Arise O God (Psalm 82)

Earlier today a friend tagged me in a comment on Facebook to inform me that contemporary psalmist Nathan Clark George will be performing at a near-by PCA church next month (9/17).

As I perused his catalog of psalms I came across this one on Psalm 82 — Arise, O God.

Providentially, I am working through John 10:22-42 for my sermon. In that story Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6 to defend and support his truth-claim: “I am the Son of God.”

Listen to the song (see lyrics below) and be sure you read the original psalm of Asaph.

Arise, O God (Psalm 82)
Lyrics

Arise, O God, assert thy right,
Pronounce thy just decree;
The heritage of earth by right
Belongs, O Lord, to thee.

1 Among assembled men of might, The mighty God doth stand:
He stands to order judgment right To judges of the land.

2 How long will ye, with wrongful aid, Th’ oppressor’s cause protect ?
How long, by gift and favor swayed, The wicked man respect?

3 Protect the fatherless and weak, Defend the poor distressed;
and give deliv’rance to the meek By lawless power oppressed.

4 They will not know nor understand, In darkness on they go:
Quake all the pillars of the land; They totter to and fro.

5 “True, ye are gods, ye kings,” I said “And sons of God Most High;
Yet as the sons of men ye fade, And as the princes die.”

Arise, O God, assert thy right,
Pronounce thy just decree;
The heritage of earth by right
Belongs, O Lord, to thee.

The lyrics taken from The Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, 1887 (second version of Psalm 82 — modified in 2015). The tune, called WINSTEAD HILL, was written by Henry C. Haffner in 2015.

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