“The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love”. Psalm 33:5
“Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High”. Psalm 7:8
“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress”. Job 37:23
I love the LORD’s righteousness! I define righteousness to be the God-given ability to both know and carry out morally correct decisions that align with the word of God. Righteousness extends beyond the ethical teachings of humans because it includes an element of discernment (a spiritual gift) as well as a pure heart. Making daily choices to be honest, fair and forthcoming takes a person whose heart is set on pleasing God. Being righteous involves taking the high road when faced with decisions to retaliate and even the score. Being righteous means not being concerned with personal gain or one’s reputation, but choosing God’s ways in all personal and professional decisions.
In 2 Kings, you can read about a righteous king named Josiah. He was young when he became king (think 2nd grader). He destroyed the idols the people had set up to false gods. Where does an eight-year get the decision-making ability and strength to stand against idolatry and the adults who support it? This kind of righteousness to turn his territory around and cleanse the land must have come from God.
Think of an eight-year old that you know (or close to eight) and now think of the governor of your state. Got it – okay. Imagine the child taking over for the governor of your state today and becoming the new authority. Josiah’s righteousness helped him to rule justly and rid the land of sinful idolatry. Only with God’s great guidance and help!