God Is a Righteous Judge
For the Lord is our judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,
the Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us.
A Just Judge
God is a just judge. He judges from the perspective of righteousness, for He is perfect in every aspect of character. The Bible tells us:
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
We should rejoice that God is just. We can be assured that in His justice, there is no fear – for there is no fear in love. We don’t need to fear a just judge if we are doing right; it is only when doing evil that we need to fear. And how much more should we fear God as our judge than mere human judges if we are doing evil?
The Law of Love
As a just judge, God gives us laws to establish His authority over us, and to act as a mirror with which we can properly see ourselves and who we really are, not just how we think we see ourselves, or how we portray ourselves to others. God established just one law when it was just Adam and Eve on the Earth. He established the Ten Commandments with Moses. He provided the Israelites the expanded version of law in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. And he shows us that in Christ, love fulfills the law:
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
God is a king, and He is our king. God is also love personified. Since God is love, and love is kind, we know that we have a kind king. God shows this to us insofar as He does not immediately destroy us when we sin. A harsh king – the idea of God from the world’s perspective – shows Him as an angry old ogre with His finger just above the “smite” button, just waiting for us to fail so that He has the opportunity to press it.
God shows us His love and kindness through the willingness to allow His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, so that we can be reconciled to Him. He patiently waits for us and woos us to come and reason with Him – to see His perspective on all things.
His kindness is shown through His mercy and grace. Only the kindness in love would allow such a holy God – set apart from all sin and unrighteousness – to tolerate us as we come to our senses and accept the free gift of His Son Jesus Christ’s perfect life, death, burial, and resurrection as payment for our sin. When we view the cross of Calvary from His perspective, we can come to no other conclusion.
Only a life of perfect obedience could be the acceptable payment for sin. And God provided that Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. Salvation comes from the Lord, for He is able to save, and desires that all be saved. Rejoice in your salvation! It came at a very great price.
When taking communion with the Saints of God, remember who it is that is your King, that we may properly discern the body of Christ. Prepare your heart before you go to worship. Seek your King with all your heart. Read His Holy Word. Be sanctified and adorned as the beautiful bride that He seeks. Do not be asleep:
for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask ourselves a question: As we reap the benefits of grace and mercy, are we really seeing God as a Just Judge?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You reveal Yourself to us through Your Word and through our lives. Help me to remember Your Holiness. Give me a better appreciation for Your hatred of sin. Help me to keep in mind that no one can see Your face, for we would surely die if we did. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Help me to see my sin as You see it. Guard me and guide me in all my ways. Help me to prepare my heart that it would be in a proper state to take communion every day and at all times. Help me to be consecrated to You and Your purposes, that I would be useful as a holy vessel. You have already declared that I am a naos – the holy of holies. Help me to live up to that. Give me a better understand of You as my King. This I ask and pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.