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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 12

A Righteous God – Psalm 7

Can you trust his judgments?
Have you ever been involved in what might be called a “miscarriage of justice”? Were you accused of doing something you did not do? Or, has someone else received the blame for what you did? These were unrighteous judgments.
Once I was on a jury where we heard the case against a young man who was accused of breaking and entering, as well as stealing a small amount of money. We listened to the evidence and then went into the jury room. It did not take us long to decide that the defendant was guilty. We gave the verdict to the judge, and then he ordered us to determine the sentence. We were shocked to learn that, since he was a repeat offender, the minimum sentence was ten years in prison. We were convinced he was guilty, but we did not think the crime was serious enough to deserve such a sentence. With this new information, the jury talked for a long time, asking ourselves, “Were we sure he was really guilty?”
It is not always easy for us to judge others righteously, because we do not know people’s hearts. However, God is a righteous judge. He judges both the actions and the motives of our hearts. “Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins” (v. 9).
Another time I was on jury duty, the prosecutor stated, “The state only has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this person did commit the crime of which he is charged. We do not have to demonstrate the motive for his crime.” Then he asked, “Are you comfortable with this? Can you find the defendant guilty, even though you do not know why he did it?”
I continue to learn more every day about the Lord, a righteous God. I can trust Him to always make righteous judgments. “My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart” (v. 10). Do you often wonder why people do some of the things they do? I sometimes wonder why I do some of the things I do. It is comforting to know that the Lord is my righteous judge!
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high” (v. 17).