Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 12 Scripture Selection: Psalm 11-12
Food for Thought: Ps. 11:7
It is beneficial to understand the concept of righteousness as we read through the Psalms and come across the term, which means being in right-standing with God and possessing His pure nature. As we grasp this, we can count ourselves as beneficiaries of all the Psalms entail while, in addition, freeing ourselves from the constant pressure of trying to be worthy of it. Jesus did it all for us as a gift which we can full-heartedly receive without hesitation.
This is difficult for some people to comprehend. They have a long list of regrets and another of “Do this” and “Don’t do that” in order to be righteous before God. While those lists vary from person to person and church to church, they all have in common the idea of earning or deserving righteousness. Though doing good acts is, well, good, it is not what earns us the label of righteous, thankfully.
But how could that be? Jesus said, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 5:20).” That’s a very tall order! The scribes and Pharisees were extremely fastidious about maintaining a high level of “righteousness” in every aspect of life. However, all those efforts were external and had nothing to do with the inclinations of the heart, which is where true righteousness emanates, as Romans 10:10 explains: “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Jesus, being God, is perfect, righteous, through and through (Ps. 11:7; Zeph. 3:5; II Cor. 5:21). And in the instant one is born again by believing in Him and confessing Him as Lord, one receives His righteous nature (Rom. 3:21-23; I Pet. 1:23; II Pet. 1:4). So we have been made righteous by faith in Jesus, not by works—something the scribes and Pharisees could never achieve on their own. (See Rom. 4:4-6; 5:15-17).
Jesus truly has come to our rescue and put an end to the long list of requirements, making it possible for us to be in right-standing with our Father without having to work for it! Romans 10:4 says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” For all of us who sincerely desire righteousness for ourselves, Jesus promises to give it to us: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Mat. 5:6).” And as we fill up and are satisfied, we will, in turn, also desire that He be honored through our lives in all we do.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):