It was in his last year that he wrote and published his song, “Only God can judge me”. How was he to know that before the year was out God would have done exactly that?
The Bible tells us that God will judge us.
He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man (Jesus) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”' (Acts 17:31)
Only God has the right to judge. He is the creator and it is to him that we answer for our lives. The Bible declares that the whole world is guilty before God.
For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:22-23)
We all stand condemned, for God’s righteousness demands that our sins be punished, or God is not God. We can do nothing to rescue us from the danger we face and the punishment we deserve. Little wonder the Bible says, “we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The good news at the heart of the Bible is that we can be saved. Because of Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection, God can save us from the righteous consequences of our sins.
What kind of God offers to save us from himself? The answer is that the living God of the Bible who can be loved and trusted will save us from the inevitable, eternal consequences of our sin.
Each one of us has incurred His wrath and deserves His judgment, yet He loves us anyway, and has made it possible for us to be saved from the judgment we deserve, at infinite cost to Himself; sending His beloved Son (Jesus) to die on a cross and suffer the judgement we deserve.
God isn’t like some psychotic bully who inflicts pain for the fun of it. He is a good judge who passes sentence on people for the wrong they have done. Similarly, if God looked at all the evil and injustice in the world and determined to do nothing about it, what would that tell us about Him? Imagine if the things that outraged you didn’t outrage God; could you trust Him?
'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.' (John 3:16)