THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
MERCY AND JUSTICE - 6
Today’s psalm: Psalm 36:6-11
Mercy and justice go together. In God’s relationship
with us, you cannot have one without the other. Both these
virtues define God. “Lord, your mercy reaches to heaven;
your justice is like the highest mountains” (v.6a,7a).
is being forgiven our sins and forgoing the punishment due
for our transgressions. Justice is giving to the other person
what is his due. What should have been due to us is punishment,
but God overcomes this with His mercy.
God desires our salvation (what is most important for Him),
then that is what is, by God’s intent, due to us. That
is why God did not hold anything back and used His Son to
pay the price for our sins. God was merciful, so that we might
be justified. But justice is also about giving God what is
His due. What is due to Him is worship, awe, obedience
and glory. In fact we owe Him our very selves. Thus we not
only receive God’s mercy, but we act on the forgiveness
and reconciliation afforded us, and we live our lives for
God. If we do not, if we persist in sin, then we are unjust
to God, and we threaten the very experience of mercy He has
we turn to God. We strive to become holy, righteous and pure.
Then can we experience the fullness of God’s mercy and
justice. “Show mercy on those who know you, your just
defense to the upright of heart.” (v.11).
mercy is our invitation to enter into His protection as His
people and into the fullness of life in Him, a life of abundance.
“How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of
Adam take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on
the rich food of your house; from your delightful stream you
give them drink.” (v.8-9).