“The Lord shall judge the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart.” Psalm 7:8-10
I’d be willing to hazard a guess that most of us haven’t done what David does, in our focus text, and invite God to enter into judgment with us. But why not? Why aren’t we willing, even eager, for God to step forward in judgment with us? I think it comes down to trust. It’s not that we don’t trust God to be just. We know that he’ll be just but we don’t trust that God will be also fulfill his covenant and promise with us and be merciful and forgiving.
Trust and belief are hard things to learn; difficult things to earn, even for God.
I’m not saying that God has a hard time learning anything, he’s not slow to learn like we are most of the time. But just like it’s difficult, most of the time, for us to earn another person’s trust and confidence it’s just as difficult, perhaps even more difficult, for God.
You see, Satan’s still standing there, just an arms length from us, telling us all the mistakes we’ve made and the rebellions we’ve participated in, and he’s reminding us that God’s a jealous and a just God that will never pass over the sins of the guilty and we’re guilty. Guilty, guilty, guilty.
But Satan’s purposely left out God’s promise to save us. He’s left out God’s covenant of love where the Son of God has pledged himself to be our substitute, our sacrifice, to purchase our forgiveness and open the door for God to pour out his mercy and salvation.
We fear God and don’t trust him because we’ve either forgotten his promises or we’ve chosen to believe that they’re too good to be true.
Friends, Jesus’ promises are true. He’s able to “save them to the uttermost those that come to God through him.” He’ll forgive us and cleanse us if we simply come to him confessing our sins. He loves us with a measureless, everlasting love. We can trust both his mercy and his justice; for those who are in Christ, they are the same because Christ has purchased the right to exchange our sinfulness for his righteousness so that we’ll receive his declaration of innocence.
How do I know this? Because Jesus already paid the price for my sins and yours.
We don’t have to fear the judgment. God’s perfect love has swept away all reason to fear.
O God, silence to devil. Stop his accusations and reminders of my sins from ringing in my ears. Remind me every day of your forgiveness and your love. Amen.