1 We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;
people tell of your wonderful deeds.
2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;
it is I who judge with equity.
3 When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I who hold its pillars firm.
4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak so defiantly.’”
How would you describe your best friend to another person? Perhaps you would use words like thoughtful, kind, funny, or intelligent. Odds are, “just” is not the first word that will come to mind. While we tend to devalue the quality of justice over grace and mercy in others and in God, Psalm 75 puts God’s justice at center stage.
The Psalmist praises God for being…judge. He knows His nearness through His steadfast…equity. The Psalmist witnesses God’s wonderful deeds of…judgment on the wicked.
In the West, we struggle with the idea of a just God. Perhaps, it’s because we don’t suffer much. For victims of random violence in the inner city, justice matters. For believers in China suffering persecution, justice matters. For sex slaves in Southeast Asia, justice matters.
And our God will do right. There will be a day when He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and He will destroy sin and death. Praise God!