When the apostles in Jerusalem sent Paul out on the Church's first missionary venture, they launched him with one charge: "Remember the poor." It is the same challenge brought by worship leader David Ruis in this exploration of the intersection of worship and justice, the crossroads where the love of God and love of neighbor meet. His passionate exhortation for God's people is for them to worship the Lord with integrity, cultivating a love of mercy while refusing to ignore justice. This is an invitation to experience a new way of seeing, of aligning our hearts with the heart of God--only then will we comprehend the justice God is seeking.
The issues of the poor and oppressed in this world are not removed from our worship of God. In fact, to serve the poor is to worship. When we capture God's heart for the poor and broken, we begin to move toward action through worship. In The Justice God Is Seeking, David Ruis explores how drawing near to God softens our hearts and opens us up to the need for salvation that is all around us. Worship and compassion are linked in the Scriptures, and they must be woven throughout our lives. Here is a passionate exhortation to love like Jesus loves and to experience worship that is touched by brokenness and a longing for things to be set right. Therein lies the justice God is seeking.
DAVID RUIS and his wife, Anita, have been involved with church planting and worship leading for several years. David's published songs include "You're Worthy of My Praise" and "Every Move I Make," and he is the author of The Worship God Is Seeking and The Justice God Is Seeking. He is currently giving significant focus to music and the creative aspects of his calling. He lives with his wife and four children in Los Angeles, California.