Judgment and Majesty
Psalm 76 is another psalm about judgment, specifically the “majesty” in God’s judgment of the earth and the people of the earth. We often associate the word “majesty” with judgment. We have a certain amount of pomp and circumstance as it relates to the court system. Think about this: Why do we rise when the judge walks into the courtroom? Why do judges in England still (at least some of them) wear white wigs during court proceedings? The judge in the court might be your next door neighbor. Why is he/she worthy of “rising” to your feet simply on entrance into a room? Why are the courtrooms so large, spacious and well-appointed, similar to cathedrals in a sense? We have always associated judgment and majesty; as if those who are in the place of the judge deserve respect and even “worship”. We desire that human judgment replicate divine judgment. Only the process breaks down as human judgment is so often misguided and governed by corruption, money and the fallibility of man. Here are the words of God’s judgment from Psalm 76: “You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence When once You are angry? 8 You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still, 9 When God arose to judgment, To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. only God is worthy of worship. “ The only true Judge of the earth is God. He always judges rightly and correctly. We should submit to that judgment. God fulfills the longing in the human heart for majesty in judgment. You may be judged wrongly on earth by man. You may even be hurt by our judicial system but the Judge of the earth will do right by you. Through Jesus Christ you can be forgiven of all your sin and avoid His divine judgment. Jesus is the only “appeal” you will ever need in God’s eyes.