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In verse 18, Paul relates the glory of the life after this, when our bodies are changed, to the sufferings of living in the flesh, life before the resurrection.
In verse 26, Paul writes about the Holy Spirit helping us in our weakness in the flesh. One weakness we have is limited knowledge. He says the Holy Spirit will help us to pray when we don’t know how to pray, saying He helps us with groanings that cannot be uttered or given in articulate speech. There are times in prayer where we experience the Holy Spirit moving on us to pray with intercession, causing us to feel a groaning until the intercession is lifted.
In verses 28-30, Paul says God causes things to work together for our good, speaking of our purpose. In verses 31-39, Paul talks about the love God has for us, giving us what we need, helping us to overcome, and encouraging us that nothing will ever be able to sever us from a relationship with the Lord.
Jesus quotes from Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34 when He claims to be the Son of God. Jesus is deity, part of the Trinity that is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Jews consider that claim blasphemy and worthy of death. Jesus is surrounded by angry Jews with stones in their hands, ready to take His life. Jesus quotes from the psalm, saying, but the Scriptures say, “you are gods.”
In Psalm 82, Asaph writes about corrupt judges of other nations, human leaders that ruled with wickedness. In verse 6, Asaph writes, “I said, ‘You are gods’” speaking of the Hebrews. The word used here is the Hebrew word “Elohim.” The word translates as God of God, as in verse 1, but it also can be translated “mighty ones or gods (rulers)” as in verse 6.
When Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6, He refers to an authority we have in the earth that God has given to us. He is not saying that we are deity; but we do have authority as children of God, given the earth to subdue it.
The last verse of Psalm 82 says, “Arise, O God, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations.” God is Lord over us all.
Psalm 83 is a prayer for God to help Israel. Asaph mentions a few names from Judges, recalling what God did in the past as he calls on help for the moment. We can apply this principle in our lives today. It is wise for us to intentionally recall what the Lord has done for us personally as we face today’s battles. It is an action of faith to state why we are putting our trust in the Lord, considering our past experience with His faithfulness.
Psalm 84 is a psalm of the sons of Korah. It is a psalm about dwelling in the house of God, His holy temple. It is an expression of the desire to live in the presence of God. Verse 10 is a familiar verse to many, saying that a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside, and how it is better to be a doorkeeper in the temple than to dwell in tents of wickedness.
In verse 11 it says, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” This verse reminds me of Romans 8:32 that says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Hallelujah! God is more than willing to give good things to His children! Let’s surrender ourselves to His love and put action to our faith, so we can walk in all God has for our lives while we live this short time on the earth.