Holy in Righteousness – Psalm 99:4

“The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.” Psalm 99:4

It’s easy to say and believe that our King loves justice when we can see Him establishing equity. When we see Him execute justice and righteousness in our lives and in the world around us. But what about those times when we don’t see it? When it seems like evil wins, like the wicked and those who wrong us just get away with their actions? Especially if it seems like they have it better than we do. Like they’re getting whatever they want (maybe even whatever we want), while we just go on not understanding.

This is where our faith comes to the test. This is when we see what we truly believe. We discover whether or not we really trust that God is with us, that He hears us, that He is in control and that He loves us steadfastly. If He is with us then He isn’t missing a moment of our lives. Not one detail escapes Him. If He hears us, He knows our responses to circumstances. He knows our fears and hopes and stresses. If He is in control, then nothing is out of His power to accomplish. No one is out of His reach. Everything that happens has to be OK’d through Him. If He loves us steadfastly, then He will not allow anything to happen in our lives unless it will benefit us. Unless it will draw us closer to Him. Unless it will more brilliantly shine the truth of His glory in our hearts and leave us in wonder at who He is.

The truth is, we’re not always going to see how God is working. We won’t always be able to see how good is winning. How righteousness stands. We simply have to hold fast to our hope. We have to decide if we really believe what God tells us in His Word. If we know Him, if we have chosen to trust in Christ and have received His Spirit in our hearts, that Spirit is His personal witness to us. God is speaking to us, revealing the truth of who He is and who we are in Him. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). So we cling to the hope that God will win. That God hears and He is coming to our rescue. That there will come a day when all wrongs will be righted and we will see Him reigning in all His glory. “For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25).

“But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness” (Isaiah 5:16). Our God shows Himself holy in righteousness. He shows that no one can possibly compare with His glory and splendor. No one can compare with how righteous, how just, and how gracious He is. It is because of grace that He waits to execute justice. He delays to give us time to come to Him in repentance. So that we can know Him and love Him. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Perhaps those moments when we don’t see His justice can serve as a reminder to us of what Christ has done in our lives. Instead of doubting God’s goodness and abandoning our faith, we can turn and praise His abundant grace. We can “count the patience of our Lord as salvation” (2 Peter 3:15a).

No matter what we see, let us always hold fast to the truth that “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

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