Righteousness and justice

Aug. 15, 2020

Scripture Readings

Our readings for today starts off with Psalm 97.  If you haven’t read it yet, take a moment and slowly and reflectively read this Psalm.

As I read this Psalm, I am struck immediately with two truths.  

First, our God is the only sovereign god who reigns over all. In other words – God has got this. Creation knows it. His enemies know it. Those of us who love him and have chosen to live as a part of his Kingdom know it.  

Secondly, our response is to rejoice. We rejoice, not because everything in the world is going well. No; we rejoice because at the end of the day, no matter how much it feels and looks like all hell has broken loose, God is on his throne and he is still in control and has never stopped working. 

How God works is described in verse 2, “righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.”  I read a quote that helped me understand the meaning of this. Brett Younger said, “Justice is making things right that are unfair in society; Righteousness is doing right by people, especially the vulnerable.”

Justice is about how the system works. In our world, justice doesn’t happen very often for the vulnerable of society. Disempowered people (whether that comes from race, gender, socioeconomics, religion, age, etc. – to name a few) usually don’t get the justice they deserve, unless they have someone advocating on their behalf. Our God is just and fair, regardless of who someone is.  

Righteousness is the way of behaving towards people. In our world, many people take advantage of those who are disempowered and vulnerable. However, God always does the right thing for all people. 

As you go through today, use the hard things that are happening around you to remind you to rejoice because you know who reigns supreme.

Then ask God to show you how he may be inviting you to join him in being an agent of righteousness and rustice for his kingdom.


Ruth-Anne Gilbertson

Amazing wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend … still learning to ride a bike though!