Getting Stretched into Shape
Heart First

On the One Hand and on the Other

The other hand
On one hand, is the mighty man, boasting of evil.
On the other side is God, whose steadfast love remains and endures.

 "Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day" - Psalm 52:1 (ESV)

On one had is the one or the part of ourselves that loves and plots evil.
On the other, God, who brings our evil schemes to naught and all that is within or among us against that love is uprooted.

God, the warrior, God the judge, God the mighty One is the God who loves.

“See the man who would not make
God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches
and sought refuge in his own destruction!” - (Psalm 52:7 ESV)

It is not the failure of love and compassion that we see in judgment. It is the triumph of love, the victory of compassion.

" The righteous shall see and fear,
and shall laugh at him ..." (Psalm 52:6 ESV)

God lets us in on the joke of poetic justice. It is some serious slapstick, but, from a cosmic perspective, it is tragic comedy. Evil boomerangs.

Love and justice are not too sides of the same coin.

They are the same side of the same coin!

God rushes to the rescue of the oppressed and sometimes the oppressed and the oppressor are the same person.

So, God also loves the oppressor because the oppressor is oppressed if only by himself ....

God waits and watches ... actively engaging in loving pursuit of the oppressor even while rescuing the oppresses who knows he is oppressed.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” - Martin Luther King

"Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!" - Psalm 85:10 (New Living Translation)

And we cry,

'But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever." (Psalm 52:6 ESV)

God brings down evil plots, systems, structures, and workers of oppression in time and God is actively working to bring down those strongholds of evil in our own lives that are destroying us from within. Both is the world of human interactions and within ourselves, that often involves letting nature take its course --- the boomerang!

God has done it!
God is good!
We praise the name of God"!