When Man Justifies God

Psalm 51:4 is an interesting passage. Interesting because in it, God is said to be justified by man. It has a parallel passage in Romans 3:4 which does the same thing.

Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what isevil in Your sight, So thatYou are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge. – Psalm 51:4

May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be founda liar, as it is written,

“THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.” – Romans 3:4

Yet, how is it that man may justify God?

ends_meet_justify_meansMan can justify God because the phrase ‘to justify’, whether in Scripture or in the (so-called) secular world, always means the exact same thing – 100% of the time – to declare righteous.

To declare someone righteous, of course, means that person is declared to be in conformity to the law.

So then, in the above passages as well as today, whenever we as believers declare God to be faithful and trustworthy to His own Word in Scripture, we justify God by declaring Him to be just that, righteous.

In the same way, when we are born again, or regenerated, by the new birth, we are then justified by God. He declares us to be righteous, in conformity with His Law, because of His gift to us of faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Beautiful, isn’t it?