The Judgment of God is Right
“Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?”
Psalms 58:1 (KJV)
In this passage of Scripture, the psalmist emphasizes on the workers of iniquity and the judgment that God will give them for their evil deeds. In verse one, the psalmist asks a rhetorical question: “Do ye indeed speak righteousness…do ye judge uprightly…O ye sons of men?” Here, the psalmist uses the phrasing, “do ye judge uprightly?”, meaning do you judge with fairness or with truth. Thus, we see that the psalmist is reproving wicked judges for corrupting upright (just; true) judgment.
God makes it very clear that “thou shalt not wrest [pervert] judgment…” (Deut. 16:19) In 2 Samuel, the Bible also makes it clear that every leader “that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” (2 Samuel 23:3) Finally, in Chronicles, the Bible gives a commandment to all judges, saying, “…take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.” (2 Chronicles 19:6 b)
God requires that fleshly judges be upright in their judgment because God’s judgment is upright. The psalmist tells us once again that “Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.” (Psalm 119:137) Chronicles tells us that “…his judgments are in all the earth.” (1 Chronicles 16:14), while Psalms tells us once again that “…the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Finally, Jesus Christ Himself tells us in John 5:30, “…I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
In whatever circumstance we face in life, we can always rest assured that God’s judgment is righteous and true. May we not seek to avenge ourselves in any situation, but may our full trust and reliance be in Jesus Christ, who is the True and Faithful Judge, who shall judge both quick and dead at his coming.