THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
DELIVERANCE OF THE JUST
November 10, 2009
Today’s psalm reading (Ps 34:2-19) continues to teach
us about looking to God who delivers the just. Our theme for
2010, taken from the book of Job, tells us about reverential
fear (or awe) and the call to righteousness and justice. These
are all interconnected.
one who is holy is one who will fear the Lord. The one who
fears the Lord is one who is on the way to holiness. “Fear
the Lord, you holy ones” (v.10a).
who fear the Lord and who are growing in righteousness and
justice are those who can call upon the Lord for help in times
of distress. “Fear the Lord, you holy ones; nothing
is lacking to those who fear him.” (v.10). “Turn
from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The Lord
has eyes for the just and ears for their cry.” (v.15-16).
“When the just cry out, the Lord hears and rescues them
from all distress.” (v.18).
Life is full of struggles and pain and crosses. We will be
afflicted, some way, somehow. Many times we will be tested
and will be at the point of helplessness and hopelessness.
These times are not necessarily bad for us. They are times
that should lead us to God, and trust more in Him.
matter what is happening to us and around us that weighs heavily
on us, we have the assurance: “The Lord is close to
the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.”
(v.19). This is not just a pious statement, but it has been
shown in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus. He has gone
through such anguish and torment. He was crushed in spirit.
Still, he endured, and God came through for him.
God will be there for those who fear Him and are growing to
be just and righteous.
David in his psalm teaches us about the fear of God. “Come,
children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
(v.12). In what ways do we show fear of the Lord.
we avoid sin and wrongdoing. “Turn from evil”
(v.15a). But we do not only avoid sin, we also foster virtue.
“Turn from evil and do good” (v.15a). In doing
good, we are to work at justice, and “the Lord has eyes
for the just” (v.16a). Justice is giving to each person
what is their due as children of God. If we relate to others
in this way, then the fruit is peace, that is, being in right
relationship with everyone. There then need not be conflict
in the world. Thus we “seek peace and pursue it”
we guard our speech. “Keep your tongue from evil, your
lips from speaking lies.” (v.14). James tells us about
the power of the tongue (Jas 3:1-10), by which we can bless
and curse. Satan is of course the father of lies (Jn 8:44).
So we are not to speak evil of one another, and we are not
to judge others (Jas 4:11-12). Such speech is what causes
disunity in the body of Christ, which ultimately affects adversely
its witness and its work.
When we do the above, then we will experience the fruit of
God’s love and care. We will be saved from all distress
(v.7), we will be delivered from our fears (v.5), we will
not be shamed (v.6b), we will be radiant with joy (v.6a),
we will have life and prosperity (v.13), we will lack no good
What a wonderful blessed life, even amidst adversity. We fear
God, and we then need not fear anything else. We seek God
and He answers us (v.5a). We are always secure, with the angel
of the Lord encamping with us (v.8a). Nothing at all is lacking
for us (v.10b).
is unfortunate is that many do not know such a God. Many do
not recognize His hand in the crosses that come our way. Many
miss out on the bountiful blessings that come with clinging
to Him and turning our lives over to Him. Many do not know
how good God truly is. If we did, and we turned to Him, then
we would be happy in life. “Learn to savor how good
the Lord is; happy are those who take refuge in him.”
What do we say and do in the face of such a great and wonderful
God? The Almighty! Just and righteous is He!
awe and great amazement, let us then bow down in worship.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; praise shall be
always in my mouth. My soul will glory in the Lord that the
poor may hear and be glad. Magnify the Lord with me; let us
exalt his name together.” (v.2-4).
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