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The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.
Psalm 50: 1-6
Lord, at times You appear to me as a judge –
The Mighty One, sitting on Your throne, high above all of us. All of me.
With hardly a twitch, You speak and call forth the earth from her nightly rest.
You preside over our very existence from sun up to sun set.
You are a consuming fire and invincible power.
You summon forth all life.
You beckon both light and dark.
You call and we come.
But You, O God, don’t coldly subpoena us into a doomed courtroom.
You are just, a fair judge.
But so much more.
You don’t sit upon the judgment seat, condemning us.
No, You chose to come along side of us.
You left heaven to prosecute sin.
You become one of us to defeat death.
You came and took the punishment for us.
Your mercy and love saved us.
Praise You for Your faithfulness.
Praise You for your forgiveness
Praise You for Your grace and love.