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