May 262020

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who live in it.

Let the floods clap their hands;

let the hills sing together for joy

at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming

to judge the earth. (Psalm 98:7–9)

Today the psalmist calls the congregation of creation – anything and everything – to roar and clap and sing together for joy for God is coming to judge the earth (v. 9). According to the psalmist, judgment is a good thing; it is God’s judgment that establishes righteousness and equity and peace upon the earth. This is the true essence of God’s justice: that everything is set right. True justice is perfect harmony, perfect peace, perfect shalom for all of creation: the seas and all that fills them, the lands and all that creeps upon them, the skies and all that wings through them, and people – you and me and we. – rc

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