Morning by Morning, August 2 - Justice, Righteousness, and Truth
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I seek You first -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- and listen for Your leading from the deep communion of prayer. ...
"Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.... The Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so His own arm brought victory, and His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped Himself in fury as in a mantle.... So those in the west shall fear the name of the Lord, and those in the east, His glory; for He will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the Lord drives on" (Isaiah 59:14-19).
Justice is important to You, O Lord. Righteousness is near Your heart. Truth is at the center of Your nature. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before You" (Psalm 89:14). You are "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6).
So injustice angers You. And inaction in the face of injustice appalls You. You look for one who would arise to confront the lies and reveal the truth. And when truth stumbles, You lift her up. When righteousness stands off at a distance, You draw her near. You set things right in a fury of Your wrath against all that is wrong.
I join in prayer every day with the family and friends of a close friend of mine going through a long trial. And every day You move mightily to expose the lies, to clarify the distortions, and to reveal the truth. Yet while we pray for justice, we also pray for mercy and grace. We are desperately dependent upon You alone. And we are humbled and grateful to know that with You on our side, we are never alone. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31 NKJV) And if You have put on righteousness like a breastplate to come in the fury of Your wrath to establish justice and truth, how can injustice and false accusation stand?
"Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, Who is even a the right hand of God, Who also makes intercession for us" (Romans 8:31). Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ, for Your intercession. Thank You Holy Spirit of God for moving on the hearts of judge and jurors and all involved. Thank You heavenly Father for Your fierce love and the fury of Your wrath against injustice. Your truth is marching on (Revelation 14:19). And Your mercy endures forever (Psalm 136:1). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will experience the peace and power of our God who is with you and fighting for you in His mercy and grace against every injustice in your life, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. And please join with me in prayer for justice, righteousness, and truth along with God's mercy and grace for my close friend and his family going through this long trial. God bless you, my friend!