As I have looked through the list of promises of God I have used for this class, I have skipped over this topic several times. Just another word for righteous, isn’t it? And we have already done that lesson. This week, for some reason, I decided to read the verses associated with this topic. As I read, the thought came to me, our righteousness is the righteousness that God has given us in response to obedience to His Word. The Bible says all OUR righteousness is as a ‘filthy rag’. Read Isaiah64:6. God says He will give us a new heart. He will give us His righteousness as we are obedient to Him. Read Ezekiel 36:25,26. Any righteousness we may have is a gift from God.
As I meditated on the verses about those that are upright, I wondered if God gives us the righteousness we have, perhaps uprightness is what we do in obedience to that righteousness. God gives the righteousness. With that righteousness He enables us to live—or give—uprightness of heart.
Webster’s Online Dictionary- Main Entry: 1up•right Function: adjective 1 a : PERPENDICULAR, VERTICAL b : erect in carriage or posture c : having the main axis or a main part perpendicular
While all we have and are able to be is a gift from God, He also gives us the freedom to make choices in how we live. There are unsaved people that make some right choice each day. There are saved people that make the wrong choices every day. We might even be among them! What about a choice to keep the extra change a clerk gave by mistake? Could we say that we are not spiritually upright when we ignore reading our Bible or praying because we are too busy? Or make a choice to ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting to talk to someone?
When we walk uprightly, God will:
• Protect us Read Psalm 7:10; Proverbs 2:7. “David is confident that he shall find God his powerful protector and Saviour, and the patron of his oppressed innocency (Psa_7:10): “My defence is of God. Not only, God is my defender, and I shall find him so; but I look for defence and safety in no other; my hope for shelter in a time of danger is placed in God alone; if I have defence, it must be of God.” 1. How many times do we run looking for a ‘quick fix’ rather than running straight to the One we can trust for our defense and help?
• Give us dominion over enemies Read Psalm 49:14; Proverbs 14:11. While there may be those that seek our hurt or destruction, we must remember that God’s timing is perfect. He as said that we will ultimately have dominion over them and we must trust Him for strength to continue and His perfect timing.
• Give peace Read Psalm 37:37;Proverbs 10:9; Our final, end reward will be peace. I looked at Strong’s Dictionary (2) and found these definitions interesting.
End (H319) the last or end, hence the future; also posterity: – (last, latter) end (time), hinder (utter) -most, length, posterity, remnant, residue, reward.
Peace ((H7965) safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace
Surely (H982)– properly a place of refuge; abstractly safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust)
• Clear direction Read Psalm 97:11;Psalm 112:4; Proverbs 10:9 I like the idea of security in God’s direction from these verses. In the Proverbs 10:9, we are told the upright walk surely. In the Strong’s dictionary, it says we will have a place of refuge both in fact and feeling. It says that we will be glad in God’s leading.
• Prosperity of things Read Proverbs 2:21; Proverbs 28:6 I do believe God will bless those that are living for Him with some of the things they want—just because He is a generous, loving Father that wants to bless His children. Dwell (Prov.2:21) gives us the idea of secure lodging. Though we may not have much materially, what we have is securely in the Lord’s hand. This made me think of someone who is not honoring God and buys a house that is much more than they can afford. How many sleepless nights they could have wondering how they will keep the house. Conversely, the saint that has a modest place of dwelling knows he is secure in God’s hand.
• Prosperity of spirit Read Psalm 32:11; Psalm 64:10.
There is no greater joy than when we see God specifically work out something in our behalf. Our spirit wants to sing and rejoice. I believe too, that when we discipline ourselves to live in an upright manner, we will enjoy greater spiritual interest and growth as well. Have you seen the face that of someone that has had great spiritual trial lifted by God’s hand of blessing? There are few more determined to draw closer to the Lord.
So what do you think? Can you see a difference between the upright and the righteous?
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1. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry as found on e-sword at www.e-sword.net Commentary on Psalm 7:10.
2. Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary:Dictionaries of Hebrew and Greek Words taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890. as found at www.e-sword.net
Every experience God gives us,
Every person He puts in our lives
Is the perfect preparation,
For the future that
only He can see.
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