When judges assume their offices, they take an oath of fairness. They say, “I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the Constitution and laws of the United States, so help me God.” That oath is a promise of justice when we go to court. In a much more profound way, we can be sure that when God judges us—either in this life or in the world to come—He will be perfectly fair. Confidence in God’s fairness as a judge is why David felt so sure of a fair outcome before God’s throne. We read in Psalm 7, “End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right. God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day. … I will thank the LORD because he is just, I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” David could be confident in God’s justice because he knew God had all the facts about him and his situation; God also knew his inner motives. God’s integrity is flawless; His knowledge of our actions and motives is perfect. That is why repentance toward God and faith in His Son is the only sure way to experience His forgiveness and inner peace.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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