I will praise Him!
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
(Psalm 96:11-13, NIV)
The LORD will bring justice and show mercy to all who serve him (Psalm 135:14, CEV).
This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is mercy.
Can there be justice without mercy? The opposite question is also valid. Can there be mercy without justice?
When I have been wronged, I call out for justice. When I am the one who has committed the wrong I call out for mercy.
It takes a wise judge to bring both justice and mercy together in the decisions he or she renders. Fortunately for us, the LORD is a wise judge. The LORD will bring justice and show mercy to all who serve him (Psalm 135:14, CEV).
The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I serving Him or am I serving myself?”
Response: LORD God, give me eyes to see your mercy and justice at work in my life and the lives of others around me. Give me a willing heart to serve you. Amen.
Your Turn: Is there a time you remember calling out for justice? Do you remember asking for mercy?