Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. -Psalm 89:14
If ever there was a piece of good news in a world of corruption, injustice, and deceit, this easily-overlooked passage is it. What on the surface may look only like a little Bible-speak (nice words to include in a public prayer) is, in reality, the underpinning of our confidence that justice is still possible on the earth. Why the great cynicism among people today of ever getting real justice? Because so often it appears that nice guys finish last, that wrong too often wins and the powerful get their way almost all the time.
Haven’t you found yourself asking, why does evil always win? Why do people get away with lying, slandering, and cheating? Why doesn’t God step in and let the good guys win for a change? Is there really a just God?
The Good News for us is that there is a God, and this God is all that the Bible claims he is, so we can rest in the confidence that however far injustice and evil make their incursions into our lives, there is a final court of appeal available to us. We have access to the perfect, righteous, and just judge of the universe.
This judge loves truth, righteousness, and justice. He’s always and forever on the side of the right and the true. He hates lies and unfairness wherever it occurs and works to expose the works of darkness in his time and in his way. Not only that, but he doesn’t obey our commands or follow our dictates as to the timing or the nature of the punishments, but he does carry out his justice according to a plan and purpose that’s perfect and always on time.
This confidence is what has allowed people to bear up under the cruelest of tyrants and most corrupt officials since the beginning of human history. The knowledge that all life is lived under the watchful eye of our Creator is what permits us to continue to live in an unjust world and to wait patiently for God’s righteousness to prevail. Nothing escapes the close inspection of the judge of all the earth.
We can remain hopeful in the worst of circumstances, not because we stubbornly hold onto our “faith in people,” but because we can expect God to remain consistent with his character. His mercy and grace exceed our expectations. Thank God!