For many Christians, and most people for that matter, the idea of God being both a God who carries out justice and a God who saves out of love is difficult to comprehend, but for David, and indeed for the rest of the Biblical writers, this balance of justice and mercy is one of the most beautiful characteristics of our God.
1 Chronicles 16 is David’s Psalm of thanks to God for delivering the ark back to Jerusalem. In this Psalm David praises God for his judgements in verses 12, 14, and 21, and for His salvation in verse 23.
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
14 He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
The question that I ask myself in this is: do I thank God enough for His righteous judgements? Do I consider God’s justice in the world over sin to be something worthy of thanksgiving? Do I even consider God’s judgements?
These are questions that we should ask ourselves, because God’s justice is the reason for our salvation. Romans 3:21-26 makes it clear that we are saved because God dispensed His righteous judgements on Jesus Christ in our place. Without justice, there is no salvation and there is no true love of God. So, I will leave you with that passage from Romans and an encouragement to consider God’s judgements, and consider them worthy of praise:
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for fall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 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. 26 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.