God in the Psalms No.12
Psa 7:6-8 Awake, my God; decree justice. Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high; let the LORD judge the peoples. Judge me, O LORD
These verses introduce us quite clearly to a new description of the Lord: the Lord who is a Judge. What does a Judge do? He (or she) assesses a case in the light of the Law and pronounces a verdict based on that Law. For the Lord this is a circular thing for the Lord designed the world in accordance with His character (perfection) and decreed the Law to ensure people lived in accordance with that design. Now He judges according to that Law, according to that design, according to His character. Justice is weighing actions in the light of that Law and bringing appropriate action to bear on the miscreant to make right the situation.
Now with the Lord, nothing can be hidden. The writer to the Hebrews was able to write: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Heb 4:13). So, when the Lord assesses the situation He does so with full and complete knowledge. But there is more. Paul described the Lord as, “the only wise God” (Rom 16:27). The Lord is the only one who not only knows all things but knows that is right to do in every situation. (Wisdom is knowing what to do). Therefore the Lord looks, the Lord knows, and the Lord knows how to respond. The one thing we will never be able to do when we get to heaven, if the Lord should allow us full vision of all that has happened, is criticize anything the Lord has said or done. His ways are perfect (Deut 32:4). Thus in heaven they cry, “Just and true are your ways” (Rev 15:3).
So it is, that when we come before the Lord we may never fear injustice. But do we want justice? Do we want to be judged by the One who sees all things, every wrong thought, every wrong word, every wrong deed? If every such thing throughout our lives were brought out for accounting, it would truly be a terrible thing. There would be no doubt; we are guilty! Piled up before, us all these things condemn us. It’s all right for David in this one situation to say, Judge me according to my righteousness. Oh, yes on specific occasions we can say, well, yes, I was righteous then, I did respond well then. But what about all the other times when we were not so careful, the times when we do not quite come up to the mark, or even fell well short of it?
Yes, this is why we need an advocate, one who will step in and speak up for us. But what could he plead? Extenuating circumstances? No, there were none. We were guilty, it was our fault! No, there is only one ground on which he can plead – that he himself has already stood in for us and taken our punishment and the penalty for every sin has been paid. That’s what John had in mind when he wrote: if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 Jn 2:1,2)
Here is the advocate speaking for our defence and here is the one who has paid for our sins – and they are one and the same person, Jesus Christ. Thus when God stands as Judge before the whole of Creation, He CAN bring justice, He can decree rightly in respect of our sins. There is no ‘letting us off’, there is no turning a blind eye. The judgment is given, justice is done, the sins are paid for. It has been done! The Judge does give a right judgment – and we are released! How wonderful!