This semester in chapel, we will be exploring the theme “Act Justly, Do Justice,” and the key passage is Micah 6:8.

Last week, Dr. John Hilber continued the theme of justice with his sermon entitled “Heart for Justice,” by exploring Psalm 101, a psalm of David. In his message, Dr. Hilber emphasized that David drives straight to the heart of the matter—justice and mercy demand that an individual’s character be aligned and committed to the Lord.

As leaders, we must be above reproach and in order to recognize important matters of justice; it is essential to be in constant vigilance. Those in leadership have power over others, and so we must think carefully about how to guard and protect those who are weaker or marginalized.

In this passage, David is highly concerned that there is equity on all levels, and similarly we are called to serve individuals who are unable to return our service. Dr. Hilber concludes: “God honoring leadership resolves itself to fidelity of character, and it is the foundation for promoting justice at all levels of leadership.”

Listen now to Dr. Hilber’s chapel message.


Dr. John Hilber currently serves as professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He recently returned to GRTS after a one-year sabbatical at the Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he studied issues related to reading Genesis in an age of science. He has been married to Charlotte for nearly 37 years and they have one adult daughter.