Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 23, 2023

“I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 19:9-16.

“9 ‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.  10 Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.  I am the LORD your God.

11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.  12 You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God;  I am the LORD.

13 ‘You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him.  The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.  14 You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God;  I am the LORD.

15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.  16 You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor;  I am the LORD.”  Leviticus 19:9-16.


As highlighted in bold italic, we see the LORD direct attention to Himself four times.  Therefore, our first thought should be:  “Who is the LORD?”  

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Then, as we think about the LORD and His delight in “lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth”, we can see how He exercises these qualities through these commands.

We see the LORD’S lovingkindness in verses 9-10.  We see the LORD’S justice in verse 15.  We see the LORD’s righteousness in the other verses, and the LORD’s virtues are confined within these examples.

We are so pleased to proclaim the excellencies of the LORD.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;  you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Lovingkindness and truth go before You.” Psalm 89:14.

“He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:5.

We also are so pleased to practice these qualities with the LORD giving us the will to do them and with the LORD working in us for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:10.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.  …  I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:1-3.  

“You shall keep My statutes and practice them;  I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”  Leviticus 20:8.


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