Judging the earth

Daily Reading for May 28

Be sure, the psalmist tells us in Psalm 98, God is coming. Somehow, someway, God is coming to judge the earth, and that includes each one of us. And God comes again and again, in a variety of ways and times, to guide us and refine us.

And it’s important to keep in mind that it’s God who is to do the judging, not us. Thankfully, God will judge with righteousness and fairness.

The psalmist depicts all this as a joyful, positive thing. The whole world, the seas and hills, the world and all who live in it, will be exultant about God’s judgment. Because it’s right and true.

Scholars and teachers will argue until the end of time about the intricacies of God’s coming. But let’s keep focused on what we’re supposed to be doing in the meantime. Living as authentic and righteous a life as we can, following the ways of God as best we can, treating others fairly and lovingly rather than judging them. And praising the God who is our presence, our power, our righteousness all the days of our lives.

From Connected: You and God in the Psalms by Peter Wallace. Copyright © 2009. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. www.morehousepublishing.com

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