I was kneeling on holy ground,
Beneath the Judge’s stand,
They asked me where my clothes came from;
I pointed to the Lamb.

“My clothing comes from His sweet name,”
I spoke with trembling lips,
“I’m sorry about all the stains,”
O God of Righteousness.

“They happened when I saw His cross,
And gory nakedness,
That’s where He took my clothes away,
Then gave me these for dress.

He told me never to despair,
Or fear the dark abyss,
But I know these aren’t mine to wear,
I’ve earned a death like His.”

The gavel sounded in the Court,
As I knelt by the throne,
Wearing clothes I could not afford,
With stains that weren’t my own.

Behind the lines

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 ESV)

The Judge

law-1063249_1920Rejoice in God’s justice and wrath,
Give thanks for His equity,
Praise Him for His righteousness,
For He alone is holy.

Come and tremble before His throne,
The God of consuming fire,
Stand in awe of the Son who reigns,
The Just and Justifier.

Lord, You will judge every case,
Your judgements are right and true.
For all salvation and glory,
And power belong to You.

The wicked perish in Your wrath,
And You cast them all away,
But those justified at Your cross,
Live on in eternal day.

Repent and trust in Jesus Christ,
Kneel now or before His seat,
For all will confess He is Lord,
And bow at the Judge’s feet.

Wake the dead to praise Your grace,
Give new eyes so more can see,
For You will judge all the earth,
We need You desperately.

Behind the Lines

These lyrics celebrate God’s justice and wrath (which are not often sung about).  We do not want a judge who can be bribed, who ignores justice, or who changes his mind.  We really do want justice and the last judgement will come from the One who can’t be bribed and never changes. He alone is Holy, Righteous and Good and He will judge with equity.

I’ve been guilty of many things. I’m ever mindful and thankful for substitutionary atonement (where Christ took my sin, the Father’s wrath, and the punishment I deserve).

This Judge knows all about worldly injustice and He can sympathize with us. Have you experienced injustice? If so, look to the cross.

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