Devotional: The Beauty of Righteousness
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes andassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.
The psalmist here gives us a prophetic picture of the Messiah—one that found its fulﬁlment in the Lord Jesus. The picture reveals the character of Jesus, His attitude in moral matters, and the reason why God exalted Him. It is important to understand that Jesus was not treated as a favoured Son. He earned His promotion.
The psalmist gives the reason: “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore, God has set you above your companions . . .” It was the attitude of Jesus in the matters of righteousness and wickedness that caused God to promote Him. There is no neutrality in these matters. The righteousness that God approves leaves no room for compromise with wickedness. This uncompromising righteousness is crowned with joy that comes from the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist testiﬁed of Jesus: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him” (John 1:32). What marked Jesus as Messiah was that the Holy Spirit remained on Him. Never by word or deed did He give the dove cause to leave Him. Such righteousness is adorned by beauty, too—garments permeated with fragrant spices and the melody of strings proceeding out of a palace adorned with ivory. Contemplating such purity and loveliness, we echo the words of the Bride: “He is wholly desirable . . . This is my beloved” (Song of Songs 5:16 NASB).
Lord, anoint my eyes to see the beauty of true righteousness.
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