Saturday, April 20, 2013

God's Faithfulness And Righteousness

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

1Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in Your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2Do not bring Your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before You.
3The enemy pursues me,
He crushes me to the ground;
He makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
4So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all Your works
and consider what Your hands have done.
6I spread out my hands to You;
I thirst for You like a parched land.a
7Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide Your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
for to You I entrust my life.
9Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in You.
10Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God;
may Your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
11For Your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am Your servant.

Psalm 134

The psalmist pleads two motives for the answering of his prayer which are to be found in God Himself, viz., God's truthfulness, אֱמוּנָה(emunah) with which He verifies the truth of His promises, that is to say, His faithfulness to His promises; and His righteousness, צְדָקָה(tsedaqah). 

We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness.
Because of the Righteousness of Christ, or for the sake of Christ, the Lord our righteousness; on Whose account God is just and faithful to forgive sin, the blessing the psalmist wanted, as appears from Psalm 143:2.

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