Friday, June 15, 2018

A Scepter of Equity

Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity.
—Psalm 45:6

Yesterday I meditated on how the 45th Psalm may seem to be about the earthly ruler, but is, in fact, about the eternal King. And here in v. 6, we see the truth of this. God is the true Sovereign, and though God is omnipotent, power is not spoken of as the sign of God's rule. Instead, God's symbol is the scepter of מִישׁוֹר, which is literally a level place. It is usually translated as a scepter of equity. God is therefore a God of equality or justice. And God's people, living under this scepter of justice, are obligated to treat one another and their neighbors as though they, too, live under this same scepter... for indeed they and we are all subjects of—and bear the image of—the one great King.

Forgive me, Lord, when I fail to acknowledge your rule over my life. Give me a vision of your justice, and help me to treat others fairly and equally, for so you have willed it; in Jesus' Name. Amen.