THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
THE JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
know that “the Lord is king” (Ps 97:1b, NAB) and
so “the Lord reigns” (Ps 97:1b, RSV). But what
kind of God is He? How does He reign?
is awesome in His majesty, and it is right for us to fear
Him and to be in awe of Him. “Fire goes before him,
.... His lightnings lighten the world; .... The mountains
melt like wax before the Lord” (Ps 97:3a,4a,5a). And
so “the earth sees and trembles.” (Ps 97:4b).
We stand in awe before a mighty God. We stand humbled in His
the psalmist also tells us that “righteousness and justice
are the foundation of his throne.” (Ps 97:2b, RSV).
God is not an unjust taskmaster; He is Lord but does not lord
it over His subjects; He has authority but is not autocratic.
How does He reign? The Almighty is just and righteous! God
establishes and upholds His kingdom “with justice and
with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore.”
(Is 9:7b, RSV).
Almighty Father gives us Jesus as king, and “upon his
shoulder dominion rests.” (Is 9:5a). Jesus is “Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Is 9:6b, RSV).
We look to the heavens and see God’s awesome creation.
We look at Jesus and see God’s awesome love. God’s
creation itself speaks of His justice and righteousness. “The
heavens proclaim God’s justice” (Ps 97:6a, NAB);
“The heavens proclaim his righteousness” (Ps 97:6a,
RSV). It is Jesus who came down from heaven to bring the justice
and righteousness of God, as his light dispelled the darkness
and gloom (Is 9:1) and as he removed the yoke that burdened
his people and broke the rod of their oppressor (Is 9:3).
look to the heavens and behold God’s glory (Ps 97:6b).
God’s glory is all around us, and in His rule we can
rejoice. “The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let
the many islands be glad.” (Ps 97:1). Jesus has indeed
brought us “abundant joy and great rejoicing”
 In the NAB, this is verse 6.
 In the NAB, this is verse 5.
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