One Year Bible: II Kings 3:1-4:17, Acts 14:8-28; Psalm 140:1-13; Proverbs 17:19-22
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Universe
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
King David was one of the most amazing leaders in human history. Flawed, certainly, but skilled, courageous, inspiring, visionary and successful like few other leaders of men. Yet even David had his detractors. They were there from the beginning to the end and at each step in between nipping early and often at David’s credibility and authority to lead.
Just reading through the psalms of David reveals that even in this Golden Age of Israel, there were evildoers who promoted wickedness and perpetuated injustice. Apparently, great and godly leadership doesn’t always guarantee corporate harmony, unending prosperity, perfect equality and justice for all. Neither does living a godly life, by the way. For the time being, we believers are neck deep in the yogurt of a fallen, broken world where injustice happens.
But David had come to rely on what you and I need to learn: That ultimately God is the Great Discerner of human motives and sooner of later, he will reveal the wicked intent of the heart. Though it may not seem like there will be justice anytime soon, we must hold on to our confidence in a God who will come to the rescue of the poor and innocent and give righteous relief to all who are oppressed.
King David did what he could as the king to promote justice, but even he had his limits. And when he reached those limits, he made his appeal to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Universe, God himself. That was the only way David could maintain his sanity as a leader in a sea of evildoers and injustice.
Same for us—to keep from growing disheartened and going crazy in this world, we’ve got to turn the weight of evil and injustice over to the Chief Justice. One day soon, he will hold court, and then every evil intent and wicked act will be brought to light and judged. One day, there will be justice for all!
In the meantime, be patient. James 5:7-9 says,
“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”
That’s right, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Universe is standing at the door. So hang in there, you’ll have your day in court!
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood
up for something, sometime in your life.”