Righteous and Right
Verses 137-138 You are righteous, Lord, and Your laws are right. The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.
We join the psalmist as he begins the eighteenth stanza of this prayerful song. He turns his focus of prayer slightly from asking to learn the law, to praising God for it and what it says about Him.
The psalmist begins the stanza with, “You are righteous, Lord.” This is such a vital point to our understanding of God as Christians. Knowing God for who He is should give us a better understanding about Him but also of ourselves. The Lord’s righteousness being what it is should help us see our sinfulness for what it is. This is how the law acts as a measuring tool for us.
Our understanding of God’s righteousness is in part due to our relationship with Him. The closer we are to God, the more of His holiness that we will see. We won’t be able to hide behind our mere human nature because our soul will recognize the power of His purity. Knowing the purity we have come in contact with won’t allow us to stay as we are. His holiness will point out so blatantly the sin of our hearts that we will come to sorrow over them.
Following his opening statement the psalmist points out that he knows the law is good. He knows that the rules set out by the Lord are right because they are given by a righteous God. He wouldn’t give laws that would lead to unrighteousness and so the songwriter has no doubt to the goodness of the standards of the Lord.
And because of the righteousness of the law, the song smith knows that the law is trustworthy. Let’s think about that for a little bit. Knowing that the law is trustworthy should give us a greater love of it and a greater love of the One who gave it. The law is trustworthy because it is from the most trustworthy Being. He holds the whole standard of purity and justice and only through the sacrifice of His holy Son can we even be viewed as righteous. All praise to His holy name!
Making It Personal
Can you rejoice in God’s righteousness? What does knowing His law is right mean to you and your obedience of it? When was the last time you thanked God for the sacrifice of Christ for your sake?
Making It Personal Kids
How would you explain righteousness? If the law is right, how often should you obey it? How do you feel about Jesus dying?
Father, thank You for Your righteousness and law. We know we don’t deserve anything from You. We are pure sin and You are pure holiness. Help us always live for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.