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His Kingdom Rules
“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” Psalm 103:6 (NIV)
“The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19 (NIV)
As I meander through this beautiful Psalm, I find it interesting that these two verses are positioned separately from the main sections. My first question is “why are these standing alone?” Both appear to have to do with reigning and governance. Perhaps they are pre-cursors to the description of God that follows each verse or perhaps they are a summary of some sort.
When you look around our world, the evidence of oppression and injustice is clear. It may be a question in our minds and hearts as to why God would allow oppression and injustice in the first place. We may wonder how these verses are true about our Lord. We along with Job ask our question: “why?” and we often hear silence in return. God never answered Job’s question, instead he asked Job questions that Job would never be able to answer. Sometimes the way that God works for our good is mysterious…and not see for years, if even ever.
But as I journey farther and farther along the way of Jesus, one thing is abundantly clear: my sin demands justice. I’m not innocent. And the justice that I deserve was enacted upon Jesus. This too is mysterious, but I trust it. So, I also trust him to rule his Kingdom justly, even if I can’t see that just yet.