Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: God Will Give You Justice!

Though many Bible promises are for those who put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ, Psalm 103 switches gears at verse six and gives a bible promise for everyone across the board--regardless of a person's acceptance or rejection of Christ. David declares this fabulous verse saying:

The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:6)

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In week three of the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge, I hope you've been blessed as you've meditated and memorized Psalm 103:5-6. Since we explored verse 5 (link to strength for the weary) last time let's spend a little time mining the riches of Psalm 103:6.

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
is evidence of His amazing love for every one of us!

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,
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
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.”

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. Spurgeon
We 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 Links 
For 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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22 comments:

  1. Exodus 14:14 has been one of my favorite verses through a trial I've been going through. Found you through the company girl blog hop.

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    1. Kristi, I love Exodus 14:14! So encouraging! God bless you lots!

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  2. We just sang God of Justice by Tim Hughes at church on Sunday, and now it's just playing in my head.

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    1. Joyce, I don't know that song, but love the title. I'll have to look it up online. God bless you much!

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  3. What an encouragement, Brooke. Thank-you!

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    1. Elizabeth, so glad this blessed you! Thank you for your encouraging words. God bless you greatly!

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  4. Life is so much easier when we realize that He has the best remedies for those that wrong us! And, it's usually not what it looks like.

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    1. Betty, that is so true! Thanks for sharing. God bless your day!

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  5. It is so hard to remember that we need to let God's justice prevail when we are looking to extract our own. It's His job...not ours! Hopping from Seedlings in Stone.

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    1. Well said, Mindy! I totally agree. Knowing God will give me justice makes it easier for me to yield to God's justice instead of trying to get it on my own because I know God's justice in my life is not a maybe but a certainty! You're exactly right. "It's His job...not ours." Thanks for hopping over. God bless you richly!

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  6. This is fantastic Brooke. I have printed it off... it has been very encouraging to me to read this! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Wendy, thank you so much for you encouraging words! You bless me! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :) God bless you much!

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  7. The heights and depths of God's love for us is amazing to say the least. Thank you for this reminder of his care.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte, I love what you said about the heights and depths of God's love for us. I couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing! God bless you lots!

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  8. Brooke...it is not always easy to let God handle the justice but it is always best. Thank you for the encouragement and for sharing this at WJIM.

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    1. Naomi, you're right that it is not always easy to let God handle the justice. But, I've learned the more I trust God, the more I see God's faithfulness, and the easier it becomes to let Him handle the injustices of my life. What's key for me is that I don't forget the justice God has brought about for me. I have to write them down while they are still fresh in my mind and then go back and re-read those great examples of God's justice in my life so I can be encouraged when an injustice occurs and I am tempted to be discouraged and seek justice on my own, apart from God. Thanks for stopping by, Naomi! God bless!

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  9. SO, Brooke, your saying these bible verses only apply to christian women????im encouraged by all the truth you have gathered from the bible and scholars, but change the title, and bring me some justice or God will bring it to you, HIS WORD IS FOR ALL GENDERS, so change who its to!!!

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    1. Hi Colt, No I'm not at all saying these Bible verses only apply to Christian women. In my first sentence in this post it states this verse (Psalm 103:6) is a promise "for everyone." Though God has given His Word so that men, women, and children alike could know Him and believe in Him, this blog is written specifically to Christian women (rather than men) because as a woman teaching the Bible, 1 Timothy 2:12 makes it clear I am not to be in a teaching position having authority over a man. If a man visits my blog, my header makes it perfectly clear that my Biblical instruction is written for women in obedience to 1 Timothy 2:12. I know some men who have found my blog, were blessed by what they read, and recommended it to the women in their life. But you are absolutely right, Colt, God's Word and His promises are for men and women, boys and girls because God loves us all so very much. God bless you richly!

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  10. I was looking for guidance when I came across your blog, I'm going through a very rough patch in my life right now... im a single mother and I've never caused anyone any harm... GOD has always been good to me... but as a human being I've made mistakes. Mistakes which might still haunt me... at some point in my life I slipped and fell and had a child out of wedlock. His biological father has not been there on a consistent basis, my family tells me to take him to court to collect child support but I can't find it in my heart to do so. Am I allowing my Christianity to impede from bringing him to justice or am I right for not doing anything to make him help me financially by court.

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    1. I hope you found this blog to be a blessing in your search for guidance. I'm sorry to hear you are facing a lot of struggles right now. Remember, regardless of any mistakes in your past, if you believe in Jesus then know that "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," (Romans 8:1) While your family sounds like they have your best interest at heart, and just want what's best for you, I would hesitate from taking any action before first checking in with God and seeing what He would have you do in your situation. I just wrote a post all about this:
      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-we-cant-afford-to-not-check-in-with.html When people give us counsel that conflicts with how we feel inside, there is no better One to go to for answers than God and His Word. He will help you to see if the counsel you are receiving lines up with His perfect will for your life or His permissive will. Since everything we have is ultimately provided by the Lord, if your family is encouraging you to seek child support to meet a financial need created when the father left, ask God if this is how He wants to provide for you. God knows how each decision you make will play out in the future, whether you seek child support or not. But regardless of what you choose, if you check in with God first, and follow His ways, you will have peace in your decision and you will be blessed. (Jeremiah 17:7-8) God bless you immensely!

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  11. Hello Brooke,

    I was searching for some sense of God's justice and your blog helped me to get a better understanding for that. I don't want to come off as "woe is me" or play victim. I just want to tell you what has happened with me lately and what feels like lack of justice. My husband was verbally, physically, and sexually abusive. God as my witness he did these things to me. My husband up and abandoned me and my 5 year old daughter this last Sunday leaving me all the bills to pay for. I have no job yet or childcare and I'm afraid. He told me I could have his car. I was going to sell it to make money and pay the bills. But he turned my mom, sister and her husband all against me. They all are siding with him and are helping him to get his car back. He went back on a promise he made me. This isn't the first time he's done this though. What brother's me is, he's getting away with all that he's done to me. The false promise, abuse, abandonment. I'm not saying I was perfect in the relationship. I could only take so much before I cracked, but is this God's justice happening to me for wrong I've done?

    Raven

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  12. Hi Raven,
    I'm so sorry to hear all that you have had to endure. When God gives justice, He rights a wrong that has been done. What you are going through doesn't sound like God's justice. Sometimes when bad things happen to us it can be because we have sinned or someone has sinned against us. If a person drinks and drives and kills someone as a result they will be arrested for the sin they did. Now if they sincerely ask for God's forgiveness He will absolutely forgive them of their sin. He will not heap guilt and condemnation on them. Remember Romans 8:1 says "In Christ there is now no condemnation." Still just because the person who drove drunk was repentant and received God's forgiveness, their sin still has consequences. They are still going to face prison time. The consequences for their sin still remains though God has forgiven them. They are in prison because of their sin. Now the victim of the drunk driver, the family who lost a loved one because a drunk driver killed their loved one, that suffering again is not God's justice, but merely the result of the sin of drunk driving. Sometimes we think we can sin and only we will pay the consequences, but sin knows no boundaries. Our sin touches others whether we want it to or not. How your husband treated you does not sound like God's justice at all. It sounds like it was the result of your husband's sinful choices. Know that God has seen it all, know what you've endured and are dealing with today, and loves you dearly. Whatever wrong you've done, you will have consequences for that, but the consequences we get is proportionate to the sin we committed. A drunk driver will get jail time for driving drunk or prison time for killing someone while driving drunk. He will not get life in prison when he is caught driving drunk and didn't hit anyone with his car. So our sins have consequences, and often touch the lives of those around us like it or not. Sometimes the headaches and heartaches in our life is a direct consequence of our sin. Other times the sins of those around us affect us and we didn't deserve any of it. But the justice of God is glorious. If you love Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God promises you in Romans 8:28 that He works all things in your life to good. There is not one bit of suffering that you'll endure that God won't work to your good IF you've accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. If you have, God is working everything in your life now to good. Sometimes we may not see it right away, but God is still doing a work that you will see in time. God bless you richly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!