Clothed in Righteousness

November 1, 2008 at 9:19 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Security and Assurance, Theology | Leave a comment

Psalm 132:9, 16.  This prayer (9) and promise (16) struck me today as a great praise for what God has done.  This psalm about the temple includes a prayer for the priests:  “May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your people sing for joy.”  God’s response is the promise: “I will clothe her priests with salvation and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.”  One of the great doctrines rediscovered during the Reformation was the priesthood of the believer.  Everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ is a priest before God.  (1 Timothy 2:4-5; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10; Revelation 1:6).  In other words, we who believe in Jesus are the recipients of this promise.  We, who are unrighteous in ourselves, have been clothed with God’s righteousness.  We, who were alienated from God, now have access to him through his Son.  Therefore, we should sing for joy.  Of course if we really understood the amazing grace of this promise, we would sing for joy!  As Peter said, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light.”

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