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Doorway to Prayer: God's Righteousness and Justice

The foundation of His throne and the object of His rule.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; Mercy and truth go before your face.  Psalm 89:14.

When Solomon built his house and his court, it included his throne, which was made of ivory and overlaid with gold. He had lions placed on both sides of the six steps, twelve in all. (I King 10:18). The throne, and his court, were impressive and knew no earthly equal. God’s throne needs no such symbols. The very foundation of His rule is justice and righteousness.

Regarding implications for us as we pray for revival, two emerge. With His righteousness, God will apply justice to all, for justice is God’s righteousness applied to His Kingdom. Deuteronomy 32:39-41 provides an excellent picture of God’s vengeance upon His enemies. We should commit ourselves to prayer because we understand that a holy God despises sin and those guilty will incur His wrath. 

Fortunately, this does not tell all the story because we have all sinned and fall short of His glory. Christ has died for the sins of those whom He will save. Therefore, when God has chosen to be merciful, He still executes His justice. We continue to uphold God’s justice and righteousness as we pray for Him to be merciful on sinners because of the blood of Christ.

We can praise God for His righteousness while thanking Him for giving us a new heart. We can praise God for His justice while lifting up prayers for the vilest sinners. Martyrs have understood this, and the persecuted Church grasps this in ways I cannot imagine. It is only by coming to the Cross and understanding its extent that we can see beyond the suffering of this world and pray for sinners, even those who persecute us.

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Ralph Lehman

Ralph Lehman, JD, CFA, CAIA, is an investment adviser after having spent nine years in a discipleship-focused ministry, Worldwide Discipleship Association, where his ministry focused primarily on college students and inner-city work. Ralph resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife Charlotte and he is a Board member for the Fellowship of the Ailbe.
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