Leaving Judgment to God

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 69:22-36

As we turn to today’s reading, we may be startled by the harsh spiteful tone. This is true of several other psalms. Such attitudes seem inconsistent with perspectives in the New Testament. Jesus spoke frequently about God’s judgment, but we also remember his words from the cross, “Father, forgive them.” How should we as followers of Jesus view these matters?

The Bible affirms in countless ways that there is a moral order in the world. God is concerned that justice be done and right vindicated. Most of us, like David, share this view, for when serious crimes are done, particularly against the poor and helpless, we affirm that judgments should be rendered, and when appropriate, restitution given. The state, the church and other organizations have the responsibility, in their proper and respective roles, to render judgments that are fair and equitable. However, when we as individuals take judgment into our own hands, we so easily become vindictive and practice vengeance. In the light of the cross and our understanding of the life to cojjme, we are called to practice forgiveness and grace, leaving judgment to God, who will set all things right at the end of time. “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:17-21).

PRAYER

Help us, Lord, to do justice, love mercy, be agents of reconciliation and speak the truth in love and grace. Amen.