Deeper Day 42: His Righteousness, Not My Own

Lately, I have really enjoyed reading and meditating on one or two Psalms every morning.  I will read one and then read it again once or twice, then I will write out parts of it and what situation in my life or the life of another, that I’m praying it over.  It’s become something I look forward to each and every morning.  Even though I have read through all the Psalms many times over the years, I am still amazed at how “new” they seem each time.  It’s amazing how I find new promises every morning.  Here’s one that I have found repeated in many different chapters of Psalms…..

He delivers us in His righteousness, not ours.

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in Your righteousness.  Psalm 31:1

Vindicate me in Your righteousness, O Lord, my God; do not let them gloat over me.  Psalm 35:24

Continue Your love to those who know You, Your righteousness to the upright in heart.  Psalm 36:10

In our Christian walk, many of us strive to have a kind of righteousness that God will reward with blessing, and while that is a good and noble goal, there is also a facet of relying on His righteousness to set us free.  In truth, none of us carries a righteousness apart from God.  It is His righteousness that covers our sins and makes it possible for us to be sons and daughters of God.  Why is it, then, that we often abandon that reality and begin to rely on our own good deeds and “holiness” when walking out the day to day trials of life?

As my family and I have been facing needs of many kinds lately, God has gone out of His way to infuse within me the fact that He holds the righteousness that leads to breakthrough.  It’s in His righteousness that I’m rescued, not my own.

This takes a lot of the pressure off.  I was finding myself trying, often in my own strength, to be “good” enough to position myself for His blessings.  He obviously didn’t like that because He has day by day been reinforcing the fact that He is my All in All.  He is the righteousness I need.

This is not to say I shouldn’t live a wise and prudent life, or practice self-control.  Of course I should, but what I am saying is, I will never be righteous on my own.  He is righteousness within me.  It reminds me of this verse.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-  not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

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God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, Who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:28-31

Prayer Moment: God, I ask You to keep me in a very clear perspective, that You are my absolute source.  I already have Your affection.  It’s not something that I earn.  So, when I approach You let it be in full confidence and understanding of Who You truly are, and that all things are possible, not because I am perfect, but because You are.  In Jesus name, Amen.