Our God is just. He is truly “righteous in all His ways” (v. 17). He is completely justified in all that He does; the Lord is blameless in all His dealings with the human race. The unsaved people who reject Christ and His rule in their lives suffer from the rightly earned consequences of their own sins. They reap what they sow. Yet God’s hand of forgiveness remains extended to them as long as they draw breath, waiting for them to repent and trust in Jesus for salvation. For whoever will turn to God in honest and humble submission will never be cast away. He hears the cries of the brokenhearted with open ears. Our God is not only just, but gracious. He is always near to those “who call upon Him in truth” (v. 18); all who fear Him find His love and protection. Through Moses we received the Law that we could not keep in our own strength, but through Jesus Christ we find our God full of both grace and truth (John 1:14). Let us praise HIS name forever and ever!
17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.
Questions to Think About
1. Have you ever had times when you have questioned if God has been just and fair in how He is treating you? Most Christians have struggled with doubts about God’s goodness at times, especially in the midst of extreme sorrows and trials. I know that I have! But when the bitter questioning arises in our hearts, we must look to the cross of Jesus Christ. If God truly gave us what we deserved for our sin, it would be eternal judgment and punishment. God has been better than fair with us. He has been infinitely merciful and gracious by saving us from our sins, and if in fact we count all His other blessings in our lives, we must conclude with the psalmist that He is indeed “gracious in all His works” (v. 1).
2. Can you think of a time when you felt God especially near as you called upon Him in prayer? What happened?
3. Why do you think that praising God is an important part of our relationship with Him?
4. Do you want to praise God right now? Why or why not?