It’s funny to me to see just how backwards we can be at times. Think about one of the hardest concepts man cannot fathom: God has always existed, man has not. Imagine that. God never has not existed. Because humanity has a starting point we seem to think all things, and beings have a starting point as well. We are right about everything…except God, of course! Since God has always existed, He sets the barometer for everything that He has created. He is pure love, our love is tainted. He is pure excellence, our excellence is tainted. He is pure justice, our justice is tainted. The overall blemish on our side can be generally summed up with one word: selfishness. We are selfish from birth, and at times we kind of have to be. God has never been selfish, and He never has to be.
If God has always existed, and every characteristic within His nature is pure, we should at the very least strive to attain His purity within us, shouldn’t we? Striving for His purity will never be attained fully while here on earth, but they say, aim for the stars and you will at least reach the moon. In other words, don’t just think, “well I’ll never be perfect, so why bother trying!” We need to, at the very least, live by a standard that shows we want to reflect our Father, our heavenly Father! I’m mainly speaking at the individual level, but also at a national level too. Let’s look at this from the justice perspective. The psalmist says:
1 Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry. Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. 2 Let my judgment come forth from Your presence. Let Your eyes look forth with equity. 3 You have tried my heart, You have visited me by night, You have tested me and You find nothing. I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
Now, anyone who knows this psalmist (David), knows that David was a man after God’s own heart, but he had a few hiccups in his lifetime. Upon a quick reading of just these three verses you can point to at least three misleading statements here. In verse one David says his prayer, “is not from deceitful lips.” Verse three he says, “You have tested me and You find nothing” and “I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.” Wait just a minute here! Is this the same David who committed adultery, covered up his sin by murdering the rightful husband, and hid the truth from everyone? Is this the same man who allowed pride to rise up in him by counting how big his military was against God’s wishes? Is this the same man who, through countless psalms, is crying out to God for mercy for his sinful behavior?
Our problem is that we know how to judge people according to their actions, and at times we need to judge according to actions. But God’s system is different. He judges from the heart. He judges motives, as only He can. There are good people who do bad things and get the full punishment for it, and there are bad people who do good things and are treated like saints, but God knows who the good people really are! Because David was a man after God’s own heart, God’s mercy covered him. God is a protector of His people. His people are tied to His mission, so He keeps them until their mission is accomplished. There are times God will fight for your integrity, other times He will fight to keep you alive, other times He will fight to sustain you, but He fights for you!
Justice God’s way means if you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and have turned from your sinful ways, and have chosen to take on God’s mission as your own, He will forgive your sins, and be with you through the presence of the Holy Spirit until the very end. Your life may be marked with trials and tribulations, but God will keep through it all. Man will try and wreck you but God, through Scripture, the Church, or through whatever means possible (even a blog, lol), will sustain you.
So even though David had a lot of sin problems at times in his life, he understood what God’s justice system was all about. Being a man after God’s own heart teaches you the finer things of the heart of God. So when David had a bold prayer he just took it up to God, and allowed God to take it from there. When you have a strong relationship with God, there is a confidence about your understanding of Him. And you proceed accordingly. This is a further word from David upon God’s heart:
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness towards those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. PSALM 103: 11-13
Are you awestruck by the Lord today? His lovingkindness and compassion are there for you right now! Believe His gospel, turn from your ungodly ways, and make His mission your own, and be blessed!