“Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.”
Three indications stood out to me in Solomon’s observation…
Having been such a ruler he realized:
1. Ultimate justice cannot be found from a human ruler or judge
We seek the face of human rulers for justice. Solomon was a good one, probably the best ever in his early years. But they are, as he was, and like the rest of us, subject to their own passions. Ultimately it is the Lord we need place our to hopes in. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, and He knows the secrets of hearts. We set our expectations beyond earth’s pale in the courtroom of Heaven where there is no lack of justice for the inhabitants of this universe.
2. No transcendent Lord no final justice
Where there is no true and transcendent God retained in our thoughts there is no hope for justice. Full justice cannot be met out in a universe where the pains of consequence for crimes are not felt, and a person can escape by way of a death where no future for the soul exists.
3. The Lord is just and does justice
The God of the Bible is just, and His laws are perfect. His court practices exemplary jurisprudence.
"And the books were opened..." (Revelation 20:11-15) and "everyone will give an account..." (Romans 14:12)
For which reason I gladly rehearse with the psalmist, “My expectation is from the Lord.”