We can humble ourselves now or be humbled later. The choice is ours.
Let us pray for a more just world, and do so with hope. For justice is not a vain idea, but a promise we can count on.
Here we are confronted with a great truth: sometimes God’s most severe judgment can simply be to leave people to their own devices.
It is good to think about God and study his character and attributes, but there comes a moment when we have to confront him face-to-face.
The vengeance of God is another tricky subject. For that reason, we need to remember: God’s vengeance is not about “getting even” but about bringing justice to the afflicted.
In a world where so few people seem worthy of our confidence, how refreshing it is to know that we can trust God fully.
Long before we even thought of fighting for those who have no voice of their own, God was already dwelling among them.
Sometimes it seems like the wicked rulers of this earth will live forever. They appear invincible to any attempt to bring them to justice. But these verses remind us to lift up our eyes and see events from an eternal perspective.
Memory is a powerful thing. These verses encourage us to remember what God has done for us. To talk about it. To sing about it.
He is Yahweh, the God of all creation. And he is also Adonai, our Lord. One who takes the personal responsibility to lead and care for us. Both great and near.
God made us a little lower than the “Elohim,” the heavenly beings, translated as “angels” in the NIV. This should give us confidence: we have a high calling. It should also humble us because our glory is a gift from God.
Surely God has more important things to worry about than the little details of our lives. And yet Psalm 8 emphatically tells us that he does notice us. And he cares for us.
And that is one of the great paradoxes of Scripture: God is unfathomably great, impossibly huge, and yet he dwells with the “least of these.”
In a world where so many people twist justice to serve their own selfish ambition, it is fitting to thank God for his righteousness. Because he is impartial and just, and we can trust him.
Repentance is almost a “bad word,” conjuring images of judgmental people holding a sandwich board with a list of the kinds of people who are going to hell. But the biblical idea of repentance actually points us to the goodness and mercy of God.