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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 7:8-9

Psalm 7:8-9

The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous—you who test the minds and hearts.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

Turn on almost any TV channel these days and you’ll find a live courtroom show: Judge Judy. Judge Joe Brown. Court TV. The People’s Court. Divorce Court. When I was young, I watched The People’s Court with my parents; perhaps it was their method of reminding me to always do right and stay out of trouble or else I might end up face-to-face with Judge Joe Wapner. For a young child, he was quite intimidating. Needless to say, I did my best to stay out of trouble!

In his time of need, David asked God to be the judge over the wicked. Instead of taking matters into his own hands, David took refuge in God and cried out for justice. David pictures God calling a great trial to order. A huge throng of people are gathered in the courtroom; God is the Judge who sits on the bench and adjudicates the trial. All that David asks is that he would be just according to his own righteousness and integrity. Here David isn’t claiming absolute innocence in every area of his life, but asking to be judged only in regard to those accusations that are being hurled against him.

We serve a righteous Judge who probes our minds and hearts. Nothing about us is hidden from God; this is terrifying but also comforting at the same time. We are an open book to Him; we don’t have to put up a false front or try to impress Him. Rather, we can entrust Him with our weaknesses and ask for His divine assistance in making us more like His Son. Isn’t that good news?

Further Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-23; Revelation 2:23

Let’s pray: Father, we thank You for being the Judge so we don’t have to be. We know that You have all things in Your hands, and in You we place our trust. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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