Praise the Judge
Almighty God knows everything about what each of us believe, and everything about what we have thought, said, and done. He is holy and will judge righteously.
There will be one standard–His. No one is going to get away with anything. There will be no excuses.
The horrors, the evil deeds, of this world will be exposed and judged.
We have mourned so many atrocities, against individuals, against groups of people, against nations. They will all be exposed and judged.
Praise the Judge!
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord … for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:6, 9)
All evil will be punished. The great good news is that God is both judge and justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:26). For those who have put their trust in Christ and have received Him as Lord and Savior, Christ has taken the punishment we deserve.
This good news brings me to my knees.
Praise the Righteous Judge.
I’m so grateful You fixed an unchanging standard of right and wrong.
I praise Your righteous standards, that truth is not relative. That right is always right. That wrong is always wrong. Thank You that there is no confusion. You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I am so grateful You have given us Your standard, that You put evidence in creation, that You gave us a conscience, that You gave us Your law, that You gave us Christ.
I praise Your just, impartial rule, that You don’t wink at anyone’s sin, that you are always holy. You judge impartially, including the sins of Christians. I praise You that for those in Christ, Christ has taken our punishment. Thank You that we can’t get away with sin, just as no one can get away with sin. I praise You for Your love, mercy, and grace, providing a way that we could come to You. Thank You for showing me that Christ was punished for me. Help me not sin against You. I want to live the way You would have me.
Thank You for giving us a choice. We can go to God in repentance, believing in Jesus Christ, and God becomes our savior. OR—We can reject You and someday face God as righteous judge.