“O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips.” – Psalm 17:1 (NLT)
I absolutely love the confident boldness that David portrays in the Psalms! He is not afraid to approach the Lord with his petitions. And the reason why is that he understood the heart of the Father. He understood that the heart of God is for justice, for the right thing to be done in the earth.
In the Hebrew, the word used for justice here can also be literally translated as righteousness (see Strong’s Concordance H6664). There’s that word that we see so often throughout the Scriptures. Righteousness is not some after-thought of God, but it is part of the very foundation upon which He builds His Kingdom. God cares for justice and righteousness. He is the God of both. These two attributes are not separate from God, nor from each other. They both carry a high amount of significance in the Kingdom of God. Yet for some reason, our society has persuaded and convinced the church that these things are not actually what the Scriptures say they are. But if we do not define the characteristics and attributes of God according to His living Word, then it is nothing but a lie from the depths of hell itself.
David understood this. In a time when only the priests were allowed to present sacrifices and offerings to the Lord, in a time when a veil stood between the people and the Most Holy Place, the king of Israel was boldly approaching the Lord with petitions of righteousness and justice. He had no fear to do this. And this is because he pursued the heart of the Father like no other in his time.
Can you imagine what the world would look like if the people of God would catch this same boldness and confidence before the Lord? The actual impact that this would have on the society around us? It only took a small group of people in the book of Acts to completely flip a society upside down, all because of the confidence and boldness found in the Spirit of the Father. They were changing the society right in the midst of the height of the Roman Empire. Completely wrecking for the better and for the Kingdom of Heaven. Can you imagine?
This is what our hearts should be crying out to the Lord for. We should be crying out for His power to move and bring about a massive wave of justice and righteousness. And man, do we need it more than we ever have!
“I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.” – Psalm 17:6