Forgiving, Righteous Judge

  1. In Psalm 98 we’re encouraged to rejoice because Jesus is coming to judge the earth. We can rejoice because He is a righteous judge. He will make the right decision. We can trust the decision He’ll make in our case because we know we will stand righteous before Him if we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us, if His life and love are in us.
  2. All of creation is celebrating the coming judgment. Romans 8 tells us that all of creation is groaning, waiting for its redemption, that it will be delivered from bondage just like us humans.
  3. Romans 8:19, 21 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God…the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
  4. Psalm 99 has a name for God, the God-Who-Forgives. It says, “You were to them God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their deeds.”
  5. God can’t just ignore sin. He has to deal with it. He dealt with it through sacrifice, through the death of Jesus, but sin still has to be dealt with. We don’t get to just pretend it’s okay. We don’t get the punishment we deserve, which is death and hell. And it’s not that He’s taking vengeance on us. It’s on the wicked deeds. Evil can’t stand before Him. He will right wrongs.
  6. Psalm 100 is another psalm of joyful praise. We come before God with singing, thanksgiving, and praise.
  7. Is that how you approach God or is it more often with complaining, fussing, fretting, demanding or begging?
  8. Psalm 100 reminds us that we are just sheep in His pasture. We are not self-made. He made us. We belong to Him and should thank and bless the one who is good and whose mercy and truth are for ever and ever.