Love, Justice and Our Response

I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?

Psalm 101:1-2a

At first this may seem to be quite simple, but look closely and you’ll see a hidden complexity that often confounds people. In the first line, we read of singing of God’s love and justice; an interesting combination. Consider for a moment His great and amazing love, so boundless, so unconditional. His love is so great that He was willing to do amazing things that we might be redeemed from our sins against Him. Yes indeed, contemplating God’s love is something we like to do. Yet in this line, we are singing of His love and justice.

Sometimes we think of justice as fairness, and that is true enough, yet we must admit that it is a little incomplete, for justice is more than just fairness because when most people apply fairness to themselves, it ends up meaning whatever they want at the moment, forgetting all about what is fair to the other person. If we consider the totality of our sin against God, what is just or fair about redemption?

Nothing, nothing at all, and that is why it is grace.

Now we can see why singing of God’s love and justice together results in praise. Of course when we see that God’s love resulted in His paying the price for our sin to satisfy His justice, resulting in grace, we sing praises, but the next line shows how we respond to His grace; we endeavor to lead blameless lives. It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? We’ve received grace, so great was God’s love for us, so why wouldn’t we resolve to do the best we can to live lives that are pleasing to Him? This isn’t because of any rule or regulation, but it is the natural expression of our love and gratitude.

In the last line, David asked a question that we have the answer to, for He has come and He has left us with His Spirit by whom we can come into His presence any time we like; how is it that we should delay another moment entering into His presence with confidence and joy in our hearts to give Him the thanks and praise He has coming?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Love, Justice and Our Response

  1. paulfg says:

    This seems to be the week for living words! This word “blameless”. Always me living a life that is pure, loving, beyond reproach from others, like as in being a “good Christian” blameless living.
    Then just now that word shifted massively. Blameless just went personal: I will live without blaming others. I will live without excusing myself because of others’ actions. I will take ownership of every decision and choice I make. I will live nakedly before God and (perhaps more importantly) before myself.
    This one has shaken me to the core. Never seen that before.
    Thank you.

  2. David was a complicated man who had trouble getting along with his children. Perhaps he did with God too. At this writing, he felt like God was holding him back from him. It reminded me of Absalom who begged to see his father. Can I come to you now?

  3. Anonymous says:

    High aspirations for David – within his house and in public also. High aspirations for us also, should we chose to follow in his footsteps.

  4. Wapello Warbler says:

    I think you have read this just as Paul did. In chapter 3 of Romans he writes: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    When we sing of Jesus’ cross we sing of God’s justice as well as his love.

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  6. “when most people apply fairness to themselves, [they] forget all about what is fair to the other person.” Aptly stated, Don. And grace was never fair to begin with.

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