IN the orderly presentation of evidence and arguments before a court of law, counsel for the parties may, on occasions, be heard to say, when asking for some privilege or concession, "If it please the court." This sign of respect evidences the acknowledgment of judicial authority which attaches to the office.
If in our activities we honor the court as a tribunal to which we may appeal for human justice and mercy, should we not with even greater deference honor God, divine Mind, as the supreme judge of all, as the ultimate source of true justice and mercy? The Psalmist, in agreement with many other inspired Biblical writers, alludes to God's supreme authority thus (Ps. 75:7): "God is the judge."
In our approach to God as judge, there should be no fear, only love and deep respect. In equity proceedings there is a rule which requires litigants to come into court "with clean hands." Those who seek equitable relief will not gain it if they are themselves inequitable.