Matthew 5.6 cont.
O the cheerfulness of those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fully satisfied.
We have seen that David was a man of righteousness, but we also know that he committed unrighteous acts, especially when he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and had Uriah (her husband) placed in the front line of the army so that he would be killed in battle.
In his repentance he wrote Psalm 51, and verse 14 says:
Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness – (NIV).
Earlier in his life David had written these well known words:
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake – Psalm 23.3 (NLT).
Here David spoke about the righteous leadings of the Lord, which restore the soul.
Elsewhere we learn what God feels about righteousness:
He loves whatever is just (righteousness) and good, and His unfailing love fills the earth – Psalm 33.5 (NLT).
The practicing of justice (righteousness) is something that God loves.
The throne of God, and therefore, the kingdom of God are built on the foundations of righteousness and justice.
Your throne is founded on two strong pillars—righteousness and justice. Unfailing love and truth walk before You as attendants – Psalm 89.14 (NLT).
As the followers of Jesus our life needs to be built on these foundations. We must always be looking to be obedient to Him. This requires us to be like Abram, which means to listen to God, believe what He says, and then set the course of our life to follow His direction.
The righteousness of God is never ending, it is eternal.
Nothing can overcome His righteous ways.
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality – Proverbs 12.28 (NIV).
It is His righteousness that brings us eternal life, and this is the righteousness of Jesus that He confers upon us.
It is not the righteousness of this world, but vastly different, since the believer is declared righteousness through the shed blood of Jesus.