A reading for Thursday, December 1, 2016: Psalm 7:1-5.

Ultimately, so says the Psalmist, real justice is under the authority of God alone.

That doesn't mean we don't have a role to play, but ought to first consider if our action for justice is in accord with the first truth that justice is under the authority of God.

It should be a comfort to those that have been harmed that the God of the universe cares about right and wrong, and who has been harmed by violence or oppression. God sets things right. It should also worry those who have perpetrated such acts that the God of the universe has promised to answer with justice. You may have gotten away with it for now, but God sets things right.

One more thing... The truth of the Psalmist is not a passive truth. Sometimes that hardest active thing to do is not to act with haste and with our own retribution when we have been violated. It's just that the road to becoming an oppressor is way too close for us to any ideas we might have about justice on our own. So whatever we do, we too must do it with God.

"O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me." 


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