July 29th, 2012
In the Bible are many examples of righteous and unrighteous behavior. We should be glad that it does not gloss over unrighteousness. We should also be encouraged that the Word does not diminish righteousness. In either case, we should rejoice that God prevails.
This seems to be the attitude of the writer in Psalm 97. The radiance, power, and majesty of God fill the psalmist’s heart, “righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne” (v. 2). Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). That light once filled Saul. It also shined upon King David, and it still shines on us today. It is that Light that makes us righteous.
We should not be tempted to think that we are mighty on our own. Our righteousness is provided for us by the Righteous One who makes us upright by his love, sacrifice, and indwelling Spirit. So in humility rejoice, for your Light has come.