Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep. Psalm 36 (NIV)
Justice goes deep. Interesting that it didn’t say righteousness is like the great deep, but justice.
In other translations, it says judgement.
Judgement and justice. Plunging the depths of darkness of the shaky mysteries of deep oceans.
Isn’t this true, too, of our suffering? There’s mystery. We can’t explain it. It hits the core of our soul. There are deep places of darkness in it. Injustices that we can’t figure out.
His justice is like the great deep. Read it again.
His justice goes there. To the mysterious deep pain. And He’s a fighter.
He fights for the injustices that have been committed against us. And the injustice that we commit against ourselves and others, offering us wholeness regardless of our position.
And for the depths that His justice plunges, searching the deep, searching the darkness, He equips us with light within as we feel like we’re drowning in darkness. He gives us navigation as we wrestle with the anger and pain of injustice. His rod and His staff, they comfort, as His justice plunges and heals. Equips and mends.
Then His righteousness. It’s like the highest mountain, lifting us to where He is. Out of the muck, out of the deep pain of injustice, into the high places of righteousness. We are seated in the heavens, with Him, where He calls us brother and sister and mother and friend.
Today, I’m encouraged by the fact, that simply, He goes there. He’s in it with us, in our pain and in our joy. Constantly calling out the light that is within us that shines in our own dark places, lighting our own way and the way for others. It is knowing our light in the darkness, that we often discover that we have great light.