by Pastor Tim Castle-Schmidt
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For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction (Psalm 1:6).
I’ve got a confession to make: Psalm 1 no more describes me than does the phrase ‘mercurial athlete’. How I would love to be the person planted in that stream, who prospers at whatever I do.
Our world so rewards people for their achievements. Not so with our God. Our God watches over the way of the righteous, and yet we still prosper! And that can only be because our righteousness is not our own. We live by God’s grace, daily. We prosper because God imputes Christ’s righteousness to us. We are only made righteous when we acknowledge that we are utterly unrighteous. It is only when we go to God empty-handed that God fills us up to overflowing.
Our righteousness, then, is fleeting; as soon as we think we have grasped it, it is gone! Well, it would be if it counted on us. But we can be assured that in Christ we are made fully righteous, freed to live and freed to serve.
The Lord watches over the way of the righteous, indeed. It only once we have been made righteous in Christ that we can do anything worthwhile. So stand in Christ’s righteousness, lift up the lowly and stand up for the oppressed.
Thank you, Lord, for making me right with you. May your righteousness flow through me to others, that they, too, may receive your gift. Amen.