Thursday, January 8, 2015

Leaving It to Him

David says, “But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:7-10)
God uses His own standards to judge the world and He works within His own time.  He is enthroned and positioned to judge at His perfect will, and righteousness is His standard.  David often prayed imprecatory (God’s judgment) prayers towards his enemies.  He desired God to swiftly bring His righteous hand down upon those who were a burden and obstacle to him.  I’ve always wondered if this was a kind and the right thing to do towards others.  However, the greatest comfort we can take is to place our enemies in the hand of God and rest in God’s ability to bring chastisement and correction if necessary.  God’s judgment will never be wrong and doesn’t need to be second-guessed.  God will never be bumped off of His throne and nobody ever gets away with injustice—what a comfort, but that means it applies to you and I as well.
David assures us that God is our stronghold when we are oppressed, especially during times of trouble.  We may not see or know how deliverance will come.  However, because we know the name and character of our God we are able to place our trust in Him over and over again, knowing that He sits enthroned, and is able to help all those who are unable to help themselves. Can we truly leave it up to Him to settle all scores?  Can we release the hand of the gavel in order to trust God to do what He does so well—judge in righteousness?

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