When You Face Injustice…

We don’t need to look far in the world to see injustice.
Every day the news is filled with stories of people being mistreated or discriminated against because of race, religion, or social status. In many situations, evil seems to triumph. Maybe you can think of examples closer to home from your own experience, too.

This isn’t a new problem. In fact, it was something David was very conscious of as he wrote Psalm 9, in which he celebrated the God of justice.

Though he writes from a situation where he is facing injustice, David praises God boldly. He remembers God’s past faithfulness in bringing justice, and he reflects on justice as an integral part of God’s character.

For David, God’s justice is good news, worthy of praise. His whole-hearted thankfulness to God is expressed by telling others, by “boasting” about God, and by singing of all God has done.

As I read this Psalm, I find it both comforting and slightly unnerving. I suppose our view of justice often depends on which side of it we fall. To the defendant appearing in court, knowing they have done wrong and are about to face the consequences, justice is something to fear, while for the victim, it’s a source of hope, and we see this contrast reflected in the Psalm…

I’d love it if you’d join me at Gracefully Truthful to reflect more on what Psalm 9 has to say about the God of justice and to consider why God’s justice truly is good news!

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18 thoughts on “When You Face Injustice…

  1. Yes, all the injustice is so heartbreaking, Lesley. Thank you so much for lifting my heart today with the reminder to reflect on justice as an integral part of God’s character. There is nothing that escapes his heart and He will make things right in His own time and way. I’ve been reading Nehemiah and thinking a lot on how the enemies tried so hard to discourage the builders and how Nehemiah persevered in looking up to God, asking Him, “But now, O Lord, strengthen my hands.” Oh, how we need that! Love and blessings to you!

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  2. The world is hurting I know that much and I hope that one day it can heal. There’s so much chaos and turmoil beyond our four walls and it’s hard to see beyond that. But I believe in God and I know he is watching. I also know he has a plan and therefore, I will do what I can to bring joy because I know in the end, God will come through.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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  3. Such a thoughtful post, Lesley. When faced with injustice we can feel so hopeless, yet David’s example encourages us to seek refuge in the God of hope. I’ve learned we may not always see the wrongs righted, but we find hope in knowing God redeems everything for our good and His glory.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! It brings great comfort to know that God can use it and redeem it even if we don’t see justice in the way we might like.


  4. I’m thankful we can trust the Righteous Judge to bring forth merciful justice. He judges thoughts, and intentions, as well as actions. And may the Lord heal us from each injustice, and bring us to a place of freedom in His love.

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  5. Lesley, these days when even the word “justice” can be a lightning rod, it’s encouraging to read how the Bible describes our just God and how He works. This line, especially, hit home with me as I read your words: “Rather than assuming God is on our side, we must be careful to make sure we are on His.”

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