1 (A Psalm of Asaph.)

Elohim standeth in the congregation of El; he judgeth among the gods [Elohim].

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

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

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

6 I have said, Ye are gods [Elohim]; and all of you are children of the most High.

Elohim is a name bestowed on angels and orders of men...Those to whom the word of God came through Moses are styled Elohim.

Elpis Israel 1.6.

Man -- the selfish, sinful, lustful, earthbound creature -- has great God-given capacities of nobility and self-sacrifice, if he is deeply moved by an ideal -- if the right chords in his heart are found and struck. The secret is finding the ideal, the motive, and the power.

What of us? How do we stand? How do WE compare -- the self-professed children of God -- with the nobility and selflessness and bravery and sacrifice to which men of the world sometimes rise?

"Ye are gods: and every one of you children of the Most High."

Are we LIVING as such -- as something very special in the earth? Can we honestly stand forth to the world and say --

"Examine how we live; examine our love and devotion, our selflessness, our dedication to the welfare of others and of all mankind -- we who claim the lofty title and position of children of God."

Bro Growcott - The shepherd of the sheep

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

8 Arise, O Elohim, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.