As always, we are happy to be back with the good news!
Today’s post is going to be a little bit unique. Rather than talk about celebrity news or big action-packed blockbuster tabloid scoops, we are going to simply pray in each tradition’s own unique way for justice.
The essence of God’s love is felt and understood through charity. Therefore, we are going to dedicate this post to prayers for justice.
Here’s a visual to support the promises of God to help those in need of justice from the three major monotheistic faiths.
Surat An-Nisa 4:40 – “Indeed, Allah (does) no injustice (as much as) weight (of) an atom. And if there is a good He doubles it and gives from near Him a reward great.
Surat An-Nisa 4: 135 – “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”
You can find a t-shirt that we’ve just made of this art, created by artist Robert Harkness, @ Hear T-Shirt. Please support us and pick one up!
Lastly is a whole series of quotations from the Psalms and a worship album by Radiance International titled Radiant.
I’ve included the artwork for the non-profit “Justice Speaks” to accompany the quotes on justice. Justice Speaks is having its gala event in Beverly Hills soon on April 6th. It works on behalf of oppressed and trafficked women all over the world.
Psalms of Justice to Turn Hollywood into Holywood
Psalm 9: 9 “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Psalm 10:16-18 “The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land. Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.”
Psalm 12: 5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
Psalms 68: 4-6 “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity…”
Psalm 72: 1-2, 4 “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.”
Psalm 79: 11 “Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are appointed to die.”
Psalm 82: 1-4 “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.”
Psalm 86: 1-5 “Bow down your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.”
Psalm 103: 6 “The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”
Psalm 107: 41-42 “Yet He sets the poor on high, far from afflictions, and makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth.”
Psalm 113: 4-8 “The Lord is high above the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens in the earth?”
Psalm 140: 12 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor.”
Psalm 145: 8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
Psalm 146: 7-9 “(The Lord) Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”
This is all, truly, the good news of Holywood. What’s our prayer?
God of creation, Lord of heaven and earth, purveyor and King of justice, hastily come to the aid of those who are crying out for you today, tonight, impoverished and suffering from injustice. Wield your sword and hack off chains that are binding the arms, legs, and hands of those who are meant to be free. Take the veil off of the eyes of those who are oppressing them. Remove hearts of greed, lust, and control that are bringing these injustices to the city of Los Angeles and, specifically, Hollywood and replace them with hearts for you, oh God, above all else.
We thank you that you have a listening ear that never stops hearing the desires and needs of those who turn to seek your face. Come speedily and break them out of prison, comfort them with words of wisdom and peace, lift them up from the dirt and mud and clean them off and set them next to your throne with power to wield authority over their lives to do good and to speak truth in love.
Wipe away the slates and pasts of the many who have made grave mistakes. Give them confidence and understanding that you are a forgiving and a merciful God that is slow to wrath and quick to console and bless.
Let justice and equality rain over Hollywood and break any droughts of spiritual rain that is meant for this time, this season, on the lives of certain individuals, families, faith-organizations, creative artists and collectives, and unleash your favor and prosperity over them for the purpose of healing and making holy this land. Unify those who are seeking to do good and to amplify justice and confuse and scatter the organizations and bodies that are intent on doing evil.
For those who pray in Jesus’ name, we pray in Jesus name. For those who do not, we pray in the demonstrations and actions that embody the being of Christ and the lives and ministries that reflect the motives and intentions worthy of the Messiah.