He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
It seems strange to write a song that celebrates judgement. We live in a world which exalts freedom and abhors judgment. How many popular judges do you know? Judge Judy? Famous maybe, put popular?
But the word here doesn’t simply mean to condemn or sentence a guilty party, it means to rule fairly. God’s judgement is good, it repairs, it heals, it restores, without prejudice or selfish ambition.
The writers of this inspired passage were thankful to be led out of captivity in Babylon, but their world was still a mess. They looked forward to a time when God would come to set things right.
It paints a picture of the people of Earth caught up in praise along with creation itself rejoicing in the saviors reign.
It is not just a prophecy of the coming of Jesus, but also the coming of his kingdom, which brings with it hope, healing, and justice for all humankind.
As Mary and Joseph adored the newly born baby Jesus, swaddled in cloths and lying in a manger, a host of angels were appearing to shepherds