God’s Righteousness

10 Sep

http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=214300983

I have figured out something new.  I think if you clink on the link above it will take you to Psalm 11 in the New Revised Standard Version.   Although I am still also reading the Psalm in The Message and will use excepts from that paraphrase. 

In this psalm the writer is being told to abandon God, but they are proclaiming the justice and righteousness of God and staying put.  “I’ve already run for dear life, straight into the arms of God.  So why would I run away now when you say”

The writer goes on to describe God as one who know humans, who will never change and who brings justice and righteousness.  “God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight.  Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.?  So this relationship with God brings everything in to right relationship.

So, here’s the question?  As one who has studied a lot of mythology in her day, how did the ancient Hebrews develop a faith in a righteous God who works for justice?  I get the whole God inspired bit, but still this is not a typical understanding of a God in these cultures.  This God is always defending the weak and powerless, but it seems that most cultures have prized power and dominance.  This God of the psalms is powerful only in ways of loving kindness and justice seeking.

Our faith tradition is amazing to me.

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One Response to “God’s Righteousness”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger September 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Mary,

    It is amazing that God is always defending the weak and powerless in the Hebrew tradition and it continued with Jesus. I, too, so appreciate that about our faith tradition. It also helps to inform me about whom I defend.

    Thanks for your insight and wisdom,
    Phyllis

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