I’m super excited for church this weekend as this week we’re diving into the first part of a new 4-week series titled “Sent.” For this series we felt that we needed a song that would really be an anthem to what we’re about as followers of Christ here at Woodlands Church. God of Justice is that song.
The chorus says this:
We must go
Live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go
While many of our songs are sung “vertically” (from us to God), this is a song that I would say is “diagonal” in nature; we sing this both to the Lord and to/over ourselves. The words are nothing new, however, as they echo one of the most important parts of the heart of God as we understand Him.
“Justice” is a concept that is all over Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, whether directly stated or in concept. Take Micah 6:8 for example (perhaps you’ve heard this one before):
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
There are whole books of the Bible dedicated to the concept of “justice.” The book of Leviticus documents the temple sacrificial system in which God’s justice plays an absolutely necessary role, whether directly stated or not. For a more exact example, almost the whole of God’s accusation against Israel revolves around their inability to do justice. Take a look at Amos 5:10-15 if you’re looking for some interesting side reading.
Perhaps most powerfully we see the fullness of how integral justice is to the heart of God in Matthew 23 as Jesus rebukes the injustice and corruption of the Jewish temple practices (read the whole chapter for a taste). Verse 23 highlights this rebuke:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: Justice, mercy, and faithfulness.”
Need I say more? Justice is indeed part of who God is! As members of His body – the church (Paul says that the church and Christ’s body are one in the same) – justice is to be an integral part of who we are and what we do.
The songs that we sing on Sunday mornings are true of God and true of ourselves. God of Justice is a song that acts as a driving mission and a prayer. It is a unifying anthem that drives us to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Mic. 6:8)”
As we sing this song on Sunday – and during the rest of the “Sent” series and beyond – be reminded that Jesus has called us to be bringers of redemption to a broken world around us –advocate for those who are victims of injustice and seek to bring justice to a corrupt and unjust world in the name of the only just God.