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Honor the Judge
Psalm 4
by Scott Owings
“How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame”

Whenever a Judge enters the courtroom, it is a custom for the crowd to stand as a sign of honor. When people speak to the Judge, he or she is addressed as, “Your honor.” If ever the courtroom becomes out of control, the gavel comes down and order is to be restored. So why all the honor? Judges are responsible for providing justice; for deciding what is the right thing for the good of the nation, community, and individual. Can anything be more honorable than that!

There have been, unfortunately, countless times in history when the children of God forgot that God is Judge and thus brought him shame in his heavenly court. Though each person is responsible for his or her own actions, the Bible also speaks of corporate guilt. That is, the nation, and more particularly the family, is held responsible.

It is from the father and mother that children are to learn, by word and deed, how to do what is right and honorable. This is such a huge responsibility that one of the Ten Commandments is for “children to honor their mother and father.” It could very well be that this command was given for parents, as well as children. It is also no accident that this commandment is located between the commands of how to love God and how to love one’s neighbor.

As parents, we must realize the tremendous weight we have received; it is our responsibility to teach how to honor God and do what is right toward our neighbors. We must model how to speak to “our Honor in heaven,” giving him glory and honor for his daily blessings, as well as how to love others as ourselves.

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

2How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? 3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices,and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!” 7 You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

© 1998 by HEARTLIGHT® Inc. Bible text is from The New Revised Standard Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989). Used by permission


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