TLIC Psalms. January 10. My Righteousness.

Read Psalm 7:6-11. 6Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. 7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. 8The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. 9Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! 10My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

It is becoming more and more clear the deep connection David feels to God. David sees his enemies as God’s own enemies. David’s righteousness (v.8) seems to be the very righteousness of God (v.9). David has no fear of God’s judgment. In fact, he is begging for God to judge him (v.8), knowing he will be vindicated. And we can’t help but wonder if the daily indignation of God is actually David’s own indignation toward evil.  

David’s life within the covenant is a preview for us of our life in Christ. We fear no judgment from God either, for we share the righteousness of Jesus. In Christ we feel his own indignation toward godlessness, never allowing ourselves to slip into apathy or compromise with the world. Like Christ (and David) we desire universal justice. And we await with eager anticipation the return of Christ on high to rule over the gathered people of God (v.7).

Does this sound like you?

Is there a deep connection of your heart to God’s? Is there a daily desire for the return of Christ to gather his people and judge the earth? Will you, in righteousness and integrity, survive that judgment?

You only can if you are in Christ. If your faith is in him. If you are wrapped up in the covenant salvation of God, like David was. And the more and more you trust in that imputed righteousness of Christ, the more you will feel what God feels. The more you will long for the return of the king to judge the living and the dead, making everything right in the world.

To live is Christ is a shared righteousness with Jesus that longs for his return.

Prayer. Come quickly Lord Jesus. Return to us. Gather us. Judge us. Find us righteous in you.  

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