Because of the house of the Lord our GodI will seek your good.–Psalm 122:9
What is justice? It’s a subject that humans have wrestled with since….ever. Here in America, we anthropomorphize justice as a woman blindfolded, giving her the ideal of impartiality. We each hold our own opinions on what justice is and how it should be executed, but most people will tell you that justice in general is a good thing.
It’s also something we tend to care more about in our own lives than in others.
“I deserve,” “I’ve earned,” “It’s my right,” “That’s not fair.”
As creatures of survival, we are constantly seeking our own good, sometimes at the expense of others, even those we love and who love us. We justify our actions by stating the benefits to our own persons. “I got the promotion,” “I won the competition,” “I got what I wanted,” “I’ve been waiting long enough; I finally got my reward.”
What does this look like in discipleship? It’s a promise to teach, correct, listen to and encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ for the sake of the Kingdom. In relationship? It’s a promise to put the needs of friends and family members before your own for the sake of the Body. On the earth, it’s a promise to give your best effort in school, at work and in your community, to have a positive attitude around total strangers and those who watch our example, for the sake of the Gospel.
This chapter was written for Jerusalem, praying for her peace and security so that the Temple would be safe and prosperous, to show the glory and splendor of God to His people and the world. Today, WE are the house of the Lord our God. WE are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Which means, for the sake of the Body of Christ and the Kingdom which He is using us to build, we ought to seek the good of those around us.
When we are born into the family of God, we are no longer creatures of survival. We are new creations, creatures of abundant, eternal, full life (John 10:10). We are filled to overflowing so that we can benefit others (Psalm 23:5).
We are in covenant with God through the blood of Christ, the blood that connects every one of us. Let us then seek the good of our brothers and sisters and of those who have yet to enter the family. Because….
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”