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  1. Chapter 2 of C S Lewis's book Reflections on the Psalms is a "must read" on the topic of judgment in the Psalms. Interestingly he has put this chapter right at the beginning to set the tone before he reflects on the more contentious issues in Psalms.

    The ancient Jews, like ourselves, think of God’s judgement in terms of an earthly court of justice. The difference is that the Christian pictures the case to be tried as a criminal case with himself in the dock; the Jew pictures it as a civil case with himself as the plaintiff. The one hopes for acquittal, or rather for pardon; the other hopes for a resounding triumph with heavy damages. Lewis, C. S., Reflections on the Psalms p10,11

    He does not dismiss the comparison with a criminal court of justice but his inclusion of the Jewish notion of judgment as a civil court adds a completely new dimension. There are many references to the idea that the judgment will restore what is rightfully ours and that the outcome is joyous. Here are just a few references:

    How glad the nations will be, singing for joy because you are their King[a] and will give true justice to their people! Ps 67:4 TLB

    Praise him for the growing fields, for they display his greatness. Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise. For the Lord is coming to judge the earth; he will judge the nations fairly and with truth! Ps 96: 12,13 TLB

    Rise up, O Lord my God; vindicate me. 24 Declare me “not guilty,” for you are just. Ps 35: 23,24 TLB

    But the Lord lives on forever; he sits upon his throne to judge justly the nations of the world. All who are oppressed may come to him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble. All those who know your mercy, Lord, will count on you for help. For you have never yet forsaken those who trust in you. Ps 9:8-10 TLB

    While there is a sense of a final judgment, there is also a sense of judgment in the present shaping and developing our spiritual experience. It also has a strong element of social justice, giving back to the needy, upholding the oppressed, and restoring freedom to the captives.

    In that sense, the judgment depicted in the parable of the sheep and the goats can be interpreted as our willingness or reticence to participate in the restoration of those in need.

    This link provides several free electronic versions of Reflections on the Psalms

  2. "The Lord Reigns" reminds me of Handel's beautiful “Hallelujah” Chorus .....

    Handel composed Messiah without getting much sleep or even eating much food. When his assistants brought him his meals, they were often left uneaten. His servants would often find him in tears as he composed. When he completed “Hallelujah,” he reportedly told his servant, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself seated on His throne, with His company of Angels.”

    I imagine this is how the apostle John felt during his visions of Revelation. After seeing the false religion drunk on the blood of the saints (Rev. 17:6-7) and finally God's judgment of justice against Babylon (Rev. 18:10,21-24), John has a vision of all heaven rejoicing....

    After this, I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude of heaven shouting, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."...

    Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting, "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns." Rev. 19:1-2,6

    King of kings and Lord of lords

    And he shall reign forever and ever

    For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth

    (Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah)


    The kingdom of this world;

    is become the kingdom of our Lord,

    and of His Christ

    and of His Christ

    And He shall reign forever and ever

    And he shall reign forever and ever

    And he shall reign forever and ever

    And he shall reign forever and ever

    King of kings forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah

    and Lord of lords forever and ever hallelujah hallelujah

    *Hallelujah is a transliteration of the Hebrew word "halal" (to shine, to boast, to celebrate) and -Yah (a shortened form of Yahweh, Jehovah). It is only found in Rev. 19:1,3,4,6 in the New Testament. In the Psalms, the phrase "Praise the Lord" is equivalent.

  3. Jehovah is a judicious, and just judge, not willing that that any should perish but that ALL should come to repentance

  4. We have traditionally been taught to fear the Judgment of God. This fear only takes into account the destruction that will fall on those who have not accepted God's free offer of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. However, similar emphasis has not been placed on the restorative aspect of that Judgment and it is in this that the righteous must rejoice.🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  5. "The psalmist cries to God to judge him but relies on God’s righteousness to defend him” – these are the circumstances of all who believe that God is just!

    You are the One to judge all nations by your righteousness!
    You declared man’s righteousness to be as filthy rags.
    We cannot stand!

    You are the One judging us with Grace and Mercy!
    You declared to judge man fairly and just.
    We bow our heads!

    You are the One to be praised at all times!
    You are our Almighty God!
    We trust You!


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