The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:6)
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This verse really shows God's great love for people. I mean for Him to execute righteousness and justice for every person:
- whether they believe in Him or not
- whether they acknowledge this truth or not
- whether anyone thanks Him or this or not
- whether anyone credits Him for the justice they've been blessed with, or not
So what exactly makes this promise so amazing?
Every time we are wronged by another, whether it was accidental or intentional, the LORD rights the wrong, or puts right, the wrong done to us. That is executing righteousness. While at times justice may seem delayed, it is inevitable. God puts things right, and brings about justice for all who are oppressed. Justice is what is proper or fitting for the wrong that was done. While justice is not always seen in our courts, we can be sure that God will put right, and bring about what is proper or fitting for the wrong that was done--both to us and for the one who committed the wrong.
Being that God is both righteous and just, He cannot stand by, while a person suffers, when a person causes an injustice either by accident or on purpose. When the Egyptians were oppressing the Israelites, God heard their cries, had compassion on them, delivered them from their oppressors (Exodus 14:26-31), and blessed them with justice. (Exodus 12:36)
God is moved to pity, to execute righteousness and justice on our behalf, when we are oppressed or harassed. (Judges 2:18) He is faithful to deliver us from those who oppress us, driving them away from us, and then blessing us by His goodness. (Judges 6:9; Exodus 14:13-14)
God's Justice is Never Lacking
When we are oppressed, God will execute righteousness and justice for us every time without fail. His deliverance in our lives from our oppressors is never hit-and-miss. (1 Samuel 10:18) It is a guarantee--and not just for us, but for everyone. Perhaps God blesses everyone in this way so our unsaved family and friends will be drawn to repentance by God's kindness to them. It's His kindness that leads to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
God has such a compassionate heart for all who are oppressed, providing what they need and restoring what had been taken from them. (Psalm 146:7) What a blessing! This is such a great promise to cling to when we are oppressed. On that same note, Psalm 9:9 promises, “The LORD also will be a refuge for all who are oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. We can rejoice that when we are oppressed the LORD is a refuge for us, when we are in times of trouble.
Resting in God's Promise to execute righteousness and justice
Isaiah 53 speaks of the oppression Jesus experienced while He was falsely arrested, accused, and put to death though He was completely innocent.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,When Jesus was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin, even though He was oppressed by the conspiracy to put Him to death, In spite of this and the false testimonies of others, Jesus did not open His mouth and defend Himself. (Mark 14:55-61) Later, when He was brought before Pilate, Jesus stood silent under the most unjust circumstances, which made Pilate marvel at Jesus’ example. (Mark 15:1-5) His example here shows me that when I am oppressed, I don't need to worry myself with how to defend myself, because whether I stand up for myself or not, the LORD is executing righteousness and justice on my behalf. He will fight for me (Exodus 14:14) God will make things right, working my oppressive circumstances to good. Justice will be served. Matthew Henry proclaimed, “One way or other, the LORD will plead the cause of those that are injured against their oppressors. It is His honor to humble the proud and help the helpless.”
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth. Isaiah 53:7
As Moses told the Israelites when they'd were trapped at the Red Sea while Pharaoh’s army charged towards them, when I am being oppressed I can follow the instructions of Moses that He gave the Israelites during that terrifying time, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”" (Exodus 14:13-14)
Blessed by the Father of Mercies, the God of all comfort
Spurgeon beautifully sums up Psalm 103:6 saying,
"The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are of oppressed. He does not leave the poor and needy to perish at the hands of their enemies, but interposes on their behalf, for He is the executor of the poor and the executioner of the cruel. When His people were in Egypt he heard their groanings and brought them forth, but he overthrew Pharaoh in the Red Sea. Man's injustice shall receive retribution at the hand of God. Mercy to his saints demands vengeance on their persecutors, and He will repay it. No blood of martyrs shall be shed in vain; no groans of confessors in prison shall be left without inquisition being made concerning them. All wrongs shall be righted, all the oppressed shall be avenged. Justice may at times leave the courts of man, but it abides upon the tribunal of God. For this every right-minded person will bless God." From the book, Treasury of David by C.H. SpurgeonWe are so blessed that we personally know God who is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) who graciously rights every wrong in our life (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:29) and blesses us with justice when we've been oppressed.
Happy Memorizing! Next week we'll memorize Psalm 103:7-8. It's going to be great!
Question for you: How does this verse impact your reactions to injustices in your life as well as the injustices you witness happening to others?
Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick LinksFor tips and helps in memorizing your verses this week, check out the previous posts for the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge:
Introduction to Memorizing Psalm 103
Week 1: Psalm 103:1-2 Remembering God’s Faithfulness.
Week 2 (Part 1): Psalm 103:3 There's No god Like Our God!
Week 2 (Part 2) Psalm 103:4 Oh, How He Loves Us!
Week 3 (Part 1) Psalm 103:5 Strength For The Weary
Week 3 (Part 2) Psalm 103:6 God Will Give You Justice!
Week 4 (Part 1) Psalm 103:7 God Makes Himself Known!
Week 4 (Part 2) Psalm 103:8 Mercy in Abundance!
Week 5: Psalm 103:9-10 Better Than I Deserve!
Week 6: Psalm 103:11-12 How High and Wide is God's Mercy For Us!
Week 7: Psalm 103:13-14 God's Loving Compassion For Us!
Week 8: Psalm 103:15-16 Soon and Very Soon, We are Going to See the King!
Week 9: Psalm 103:17-18 God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!
Week 10: Psalm 103:19-20 God Rules Over All!
Week 11: Psalm 103:21-22 Bless the Lord!
Week 12: My Plan for Keeping Psalm 103 Hidden In My Heart!
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