Friday, April 9


"The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice" (Psalm 99:4). 

This is a great comfort to us. Indeed, if God is all-powerful and all-wise, how could we hope to escape his wrath were it not for his unfailing love? And how could we hope for all things in this world to be made right were it not for his perfect justice?

Men are not apt to focus on God's justice when thoughts of Him arise in their hearts. Yet here we read that He "loves justice." From a child we all protest, "It's just not fair!" We have a sense of justice from youth.  And we look to our parents to secure it.

But our sense of justice is often askew, and more often abused. Lord Acton (1834-1902) famously wrote to his friend, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." William Pitt (British Prime Minister, 1766-1770) also said, "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it." 

We appeal to God like Abraham who tried to dissuade God from judging Sodom, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" (Gen. 18:25) The answer to this most important question is an unequivocal, "Yes." Still, like Abraham, we often have no clue as to how sinful the 'Sodoms' (i.e., injustices) in our lives can be. God's justice is his holiness protecting his Name and his love securing man's freedom from sin's choking restraint, so that he may "taste and see that the Lord is good." No wonder the "King in his might loves justice." If we were more aware of what is truly at stake and less blinded by our own self-absorption, we would be more quick to praise God's justice too! In His might, the Almighty could blow us all away in a flash! But we read in our verse that it is "in his might" that he loves justice. He never takes advantage of his power, but uses it lovingly and wisely to His own ends.

Do you LOVE God's justice?

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