February 26

Psalm 99:1-5

“Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.” vs. 4

As homeowners we are gratified when we are able to establish substantial equity in our property. At the very least it means that when we retire we’ll have more assets than liabilities which is generally a good thing. The psalmist uses equity in a different sense while speaking about God’s intentions. He believes that God has established equity or fairness as one of the benchmarks for life in the kingdom. And in order for there to be equity there will also have to be justice. This principle was the core of prophetic preaching through all of Israel’s history and was also a central part of Jesus’ proclamation. It remains an elusive concept in today’s world. We’ve established enormous bureaucracies to ensure that the rule of law is enforced in an equitable way but most agree that our so-called justice system is riddled by inconsistencies and unfairness. Those with deep pockets can beat most any charge against them while the rights of the poor are disregarded and trampled upon. Followers of Jesus will be concerned about such things and will regularly speak out in protest about injustice whenever or wherever it occurs. The psalmist rightly reminds us that our mighty King is a lover of justice and intends for equity to be established to the ends of the earth. As God’s hands and feet in the world we have our work cut out for us…there can be no rest until there is justice for all!

Thought for the Day: Where have I experienced injustice?

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