Daily devotion

God of justice

But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.

Have you ever experienced in a car gaining speed as it travels down a hill and then to your horror noticing the flash of the speed camera as you reach the bottom? When the inevitable letter detailing your punishment for speeding comes through the door there may be a sense of frustration that that was very unkind place to put a camera, but there is also a sense of justice. ‘I should have slowed down, it was my fault, I deserved what I got.’ But it is a very different matter if, as for the psalmist here, the accusation against you is unjust. We don’t know who ‘Cush the Benjamite’ was or what the precise charge or exact consequences were, but we do know that David was, on this occasion at least, innocent. The psalm starts by expressing his resentment, fear and above all his sense of injustice. ‘This really is not fair’!

What brings him peace is the recognition that the ultimate arbiter, the one who cares the most about justice, is God himself. Injustice really does make God angry because it is such an affront to his own perfect righteousness. God, ‘who probes minds and hearts'(v9), knows only too well who is innocent and who is guilty. He can be trusted in the end to protect the one and deal with the other. We are not told what happened after this incident. That wasn’t the key issue for David. What mattered was that once he remembered that the real judge was his all-knowing, caring, righteous Lord he could relax and give thanks.

It is interesting to note how often in the psalms the answer to the problems and frustrations of life is found in looking again at the character and actions of God.

When you read this psalm, did you identify with David or with Cush? We must be clear that while God recognises our innocence he also hates our injustices.

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