2 Corinthians 13
Psalm 75. Our God as the righteous judge is not often a trait of God that dominates our daily thinking, or matches our picture of our loving father in Heaven. I often feel I lose sight of the multiple facets of our God as He has revealed himself to us, especially the ones that are not as comfortable or ‘manageable’ as we would like. This Psalm brings back to the fore that the God I know and experience as my loving heavenly Father, is still the God who rightly judges evil and executes judgement. Yes, we are saved, redeemed and loved in Christ, but this is only because we have been washed by the blood of Jesus. Blood that had to be spilled to pay the penalty for my sin, blood from the sinless Saviour who had to endure the full wrath of His Father’s righteous judgement on our behalf.
I think we often forget the immensity of our guilt, and the immensity of the cost that was paid to bring us back to our God. This psalm should remind us to check ourselves, to ask whether we have let our view of our God shrink just a little, soften just a bit, making Him more of a gentle giant in our lives than the righteous judging God that He is. May we often be helpfully reminded of how big our God is and how small we really are. This humility brings us closer to the true reality and absolute wonder of being redeemed children of the Most High God, spared of the cross, and loved by a mighty God.
‘We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.’ (Psalm 75:1)