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Our judge, our lawgiver, our king

August 7, 2014

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Today, August 7, 2014, we look to Isaiah 33:22 (KJV) to find the Verse of the Day:

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

Here we find three aspect of God, demonstrating three levels of authority in a personal way, as we recognize that He is “our judge, our lawgiver, and our king.”

“Our judge”

Throughout the Bible, the Lord is described, not just as a judge, but He is a righteous judge, as 2 Timothy 4:8 relates:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Psalm 103:6 reminds us that “The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”

Elsewhere we find comfort in knowing that we are not even to judge our own selves, as

1 Corinthians 4:5 assures us:

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Psalm 9:8 further describes our judge:

And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

“Our lawgiver”

Not only is the Lord our judge, He is our lawgiver, one who draws up and enacts laws.  James 4:12 reveals:

There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

God is the ultimate lawgiver who has implemented all the laws of nature, such as “the law of gravity,” laws that relate to the moral and social behavior of humanity, along with all the other laws of the universe. Psalm 19:7-10 also relate these truths regarding the law of the Lord:

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

“Our king”

The final attribute of God expressed metaphorically is that of the Lord, who is our king. Jeremiah 23:5 prophetically speaks of this king:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth

Isaiah 32:1 also further describes our king:

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

As the ultimate authority: “our king”rules and reigns in righteousness; indeed, Romans 4:17 describes His kingdom in this way:

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

How comforting to know that as believers, the Lord is our judge, our lawgiver and our king.

Dr. S.M. Lockridge offers this stirring declaration entitled “That’s My King”:

Righteousness and Judgment: The Righteous Judge

August 6, 2013

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My morning meditation focuses once more on the Verse of the Day for August 6, 2013:

Psalm 119:160

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (KJV)

The phrase “righteous judgments” brought to mind one of my favorite passages from Psalm 19 which uses various expressions of the Word of God, such as the law of the Lord, statues, and commandments. I especially recall verse 9:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

This passage from Psalm 19:7-11 is offered as part of Christian Praise Worship with Lyrics in this video:

These verses also remind us of the truth expressed in Psalm 103:6:

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

As believers we, of course, recognize that, indeed, God is the “righteous judge” spoken of in 2 Timothy 4:7-9:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (KJV)

2 Timothy 4--7-8

Psalm 119: 160 and related verses from the Old and New Testaments remind us that God is righteous and executes righteousness in all His judgments.