Psalm 4 — God of my righteousness

21st June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

What wonderful words to read first thing in the morning — “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness.”

What is “my righteousness” and where does it come from?  I know the scriptures and I know my heart. I am a sinful person, not a righteous person. Left to myself I am selfish and self-absorbed. I have no righteousness in myself. That’s why this phrase “God of my righteousness struck my attention.”

I’ve been meditating on this verse since I read it yesterday morning, and here’s what I’ve learned. Since I am a sinner, if I have any righteousness it comes from God. There’s two ways that my righteousness comes from God.

First, God looks on me as righteous because I’m wearing the imputed righteousness of Christ. Jesus earned righteousness for me. He lived thirty-three years doing only what’s right, making all the right moral decisions, and at the cross He gave this righteousness to me and took my sin on Himself. That certainly is grace. He gave everything to me, and the years of learning obedience through what He suffered (Hebrew 5:7-8) becomes a gift to me.

Second, I am righteousness because God’s Spirit dwells in me. Now I have the ability to make correct moral choices, to love others as God has loved me, because His grace working in and through me gives me all the resources I need to make godly choices.

When God looks at me, He sees me as righteous. He sees my sin replaced by Christ’s righteousness, and He sees the Holy Spirit enabling me to love and obey Him. God is truly the God of my righteousness, and my grateful response should be to desire more and more to obey what God has says and love Him with a deeper love.

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