Whose righteousness?


2 Samuel 22:25 – “And the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.”

One would think this verse was penned by the holiest man alive. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. These words were written by King David himself. True, he was a man after God’s own heart, but he was also an adulterer and a murderer. How could such a sinful man claim to be righteous and clean in God’s sight? He understood the power of God’s imputed righteousness.

The Bible says we have all sinned. We can attempt to live a righteous life, but our righteousness is like filthy rags in the eyes of God. The only way we can claim righteousness is through the finished work of Christ on the cross. As Jesus hung on that cross, bleeding and languishing in pain, the weight of your sin and mine was placed upon Him. When He died, our sinful past died along with Him. And when He arose, we rose up with Him, clothed in His righteousness with hope for the future.

What is our response to the righteousness Christ imparted to us? Do we take it for granted, and continue to wallow in sinful words, thoughts and actions? Of course not! We learn to live like Jesus, not wanting to soil the cloak of righteousness that He gifted us – the one that He paid for with His very life. Take a moment to thank Jesus for His gracious gift of righteousness today.