The Just Heart

Wake up, my God, and bring justice!. ... I will thank the Lord because he is just; [Psalm 7:6,17 NLT]

Justice is an interesting concept. When David wrote this I think that he believed that justice looked like 'an eye for an eye'. In this psalm he writes of wanting God to execute justice with deadly weaponry. Some today embrace this flavor of justice. They cry out for revenge thinking justice will be done.

In Jesus we see a different brand of justice. One based in Restoration. Rehabilitation. Forgiveness. Unconditional love. Treating others as we want to be treated. It is a justice that cries out to God for the poor and less fortunate. One that visits the sick and those in prison. One that seeks social equality.

Such a justice is not always human but it is always divine. Such a justice is the way that God interacts with humankind. Instead of judgment he offers us compassionate justice. He forgives offenses instead of passing judgment. He picks us up when we fall. He is ever present in our times of trouble.

Dear Lord, help me to live out a just heart Help our nation. Help the world. To embrace divine justice.

... this devotion is part of a series about King David.


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