Love and Justice

Love and Justice

Psalm 21:8 “Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.”

[You, Lord God, did just that in the resurrection of Christ, defeating the devil, death, and destruction. And you will continue to act in righteous justice against those who oppose you, every one of them: Satan and his forces of demons, and all human beings who join him in rebellion against your Word, your Truth and your Character.]

Psalm 21:9 “At the time of your appearing you will make them like a fiery furnace. In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up, and his fire will consume them.”

[You will appear again, Lord Jesus–this is a certainty–and in your righteous wrath deal with those who oppose you and in doing so they also oppose all that is good. But you will do this only  after giving every one of your human enemies the chance to believe, to respond to the light they have received (Rom. 1:19-20). Your judgment will be just. But only those who have accepted your gracious offer of salvation, whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will escape this judgment (Rev.20:15).]

Psalm 21:10-12, “You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind. Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed; for you will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.”

We know that will grieve your heart to do this, Lord, for it says in 1 Timothy 2:4 that you our good God, “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” And yet, you are just and must eliminate all evil so there will be no sin, no evil, no harm in Heaven. What a gracious God you are. May we rest in you, the final Victor knowing that we will share in that victory.