28 For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.
Psalm 37:28 (NLT)
Welcome to the 16th installment on my study of Psalm 37. The Lord loves justice. What is justice? Let us look to the dictionary for the meaning.
Justice (source http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/justice)
1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
3. the moral principle determining just conduct.
4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice.
7. judgment of persons or causes by judicial process: to administer justice in a community.
Therefore, when Psalm 37:28 says the Lord loves justice, it means the Lord loves to obey his own laws. He does not behave like a tyrant. He does not rule this universe with whims and fancies. He loves justice. What does this mean to us? It gives us the assurance that we can rely on this God. He will deliver what he promised.
Ironically, this is one of the issues the religious people had used to persecute us. They accused us for degrading God because we believe God has to obey his own laws. This proves that those under the bondage of religion can resort to any foolishness.
The first sentence of Psalm 37:28 says the Lord loves justice and he will never abandon the godly. This means it is against God’s law for him to abandon us. In my previous article, I have shown that not abandoning us is not just empty talk. It must involve helping us to overcome all our troubles. God had set a law for him to help and deliver us from every problem we face. If God really abandons us then he broke his own laws. He will no longer be qualified for his position. This tells me that God is fully committed to deliver us from every trouble.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
Psalm 34:19 (NLT)
He will keep us safe forever. I don’t care how powerful those terrorists are. My God has promised to keep me safe forever. The only way those terrorists can ever harm me or my family is for them to defeat God first. This gives me the assurance to live my life in confidence because my God is with me.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91:7 (NKJV)
So when you read or watch news of people dying from terrorism, disease or natural disaster, don’t allow yourself to live in fear. God has promised to keep you safe. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near you. God promised that and all you need to do is to believe.
The last part of Psalm 37:28 says the children of the wicked will die. If you are involved in some sort of wickedness right now, God wants you to repent because the wickedness could have negative effect on your children. He wants you to trust in him. He wants to bless you and your family.
If you happen to be the son or daughter of wicked people, fear not. As long as you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, he who is in you is greater than he who is in this world. The blessing of God in your life is greater than the curse of wickedness from your parents. You are blessed.