103. God of justice.
Updated: Dec 8, 2021
To understand what justice means, we need to differentiate it from Mercy and Grace. Mercy is 'not getting what we deserve.' Therefore, Scripture says: 'He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.' (Psalm 103:10) Grace is 'getting what we didn't deserve.' Therefore, Scripture says: 'From the fullness of his grace we all have received one blessing after another.'(John 1:16) Not being condemned to hell is mercy but getting to heaven is grace! If we have received mercy, then we have definitely received grace as well, for he is not only merciful but also gracious! However, God's goodness is not limited to his mercy and grace for he also sees to it that we get justice because 'righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.' (Psalm 97:2) That is why Scripture says: 'The Lord works righteous and justice for all the oppressed.' (Psalm 103:6) What then is justice? Justice is 'getting what we deserve' or 'not getting what we don't deserve', while on earth. If we have been denied something that we worked hard for or suffered something that we were innocent about, then we are supposed to get justice on earth from men who have been appointed as judges but they have failed to administer true justice. 'Many seek an audience with a ruler but it is from the Lord that man gets justice.' (Proverbs 29:26) Though many have been denied justice on earth by wicked men, they will get justice from God. 'For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed.'( Acts 17:31) This is to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant whom I have chosen ... I will put my Spirit on him and he will proclaim justice to the nations ... till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope."(Matthew 12:17-21/ Isaiah 42:1-4) Amen.