A Journey Through Psalm 119: Righteousness

Psalm 119:137-144
TZADDI.
137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

God’s Word is perfect.  There are no flaws in it.  It is absolutely pure and holy in every way.  It comes from a righteous God, so everything in it is right and righteous.  It is the absolute and undisputable truth, revealing what is good and just and acceptable.  So if we want to be right, we must abide by God’s Word.  If we want truth, we have to know what God says is true.  And just like the God who gave it, the Bible is faithful and enduring, so we can always depend on it.

As we grow, we begin to see the contrast between God’s righteousness and our own unrighteousness.  As we look more and more into this holy book, we start to see what might be unacceptable in us, things that don’t conform to God’s high standards.  But when we come to the point where we are willing to accept that everything God says is right and true and consistent, we’ll be willing to allow it to mold and shape us into His image.

God’s Word is our source of everything we need.  Even the smallest and lowest can abide by it.  It is for everyone who is willing to follow it.  It will uphold us through the ups and downs.  It reveals so much about the God who made us, the God who loves us, and the God who blesses us.  So let us be willing to continue on this passionate pursuit of God’s holy truth so that we can apply it to our lives and live righteously before Him and the world around us.