By John Pellowe
“He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5, NASB).
Righteousness, justice, and loving kindness are three concepts that are so important to the Lord, that in Jeremiah 9:24, God says he “delights in these things.”
Another way to express Psalm 33:5 is that God, motivated by his delight in and sense of obligation to humanity, acts for those in need (loving kindness), by doing what is right (righteousness) so that each person has the life and blessings God intended them to have (justice).
As a parent, I have similar feelings and intentions about my own children. As each birth approached, I had only their future welfare in my heart. I wanted them to live rich, full lives pleasing to God. It’s been my joy to see each one grow successfully to adulthood.
It would have broken my heart if anything had harmed my children.
Imagine the heartbreak of parents whose children are introduced to drugs by a dealer? What about situations when a teacher crushes a child’s spirit? I can only imagine how God feels.
But we don’t need to imagine anything, because the Bible tells us exactly how God feels about abuse and injustice, and what God did about it. When God observed humanity’s need for rescue, his compassion moved him to do what was necessary, by sending his Son to redeem us and restore us to wholeness and his blessing.
There we have it – the best example possible of loving kindness, righteousness, and justice in action.
Unfortunately, because evil hearts still exist in this imperfect world, some people are still deprived of God’s justice. Many of them are the most defenseless among us: the world’s children. In too many places, they are abused, sold, or taken advantage of, instead of being loved, cared for, and nurtured to become all that God intended them to be.
God’s compassion is for all humanity. As God’s creation made in God’s image, I should share His compassion. As a parent, I am challenged to think not only of my children, but of all children.
As a human being, I am challenged to care about all the oppressed and downtrodden. When Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” the undoubted (but unspoken) answer was, “Yes, for sure you are!”