God judges people.
When we see highway patrol we can have two reactions: One of joy or one of fear. It depends on what we are doing. When we say that God judges people, some people will be relieved and some will start worrying about their future. Here the psalmist is so happy that someday God will judge the world!
“In Judah God is known, his name is great in Israel. His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah. Glorious are you, more majestic than the everlasting mountains. The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; none of the troops was able to lift a hand. At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned. But you indeed are awesome! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still when God rose up to establish judgment, to save all the oppressed of the earth. Selah”
We bring praise and gift to God as if God’s judgment is already in action.
In our current reality, still oppressors are strong and doing well. We do not see any signs of liberation. Evil doer are still making money, sacrificing other humans. However, we believe that God’s judgment has been already working in our human history. We have seen it. God’s justice is going to be proven again and again. We praise God and bring gift to God as if our current situation has been already transformed! It is transformed in our faith and it is just a matter of time for us to see the fruit in realty.
“Human wrath serves only to praise you, when you bind the last bit of your wrath around you. Make vows to the Lord your God, and perform them; let all who are around him bring gifts to the one who is awesome, who cuts off the spirit of princes, who inspires fear in the kings of the earth.”
Let us stop complaining and do what we have to do as God’s children. Rewards or punishments in our earthly life do not matter to us anymore!