June 21, 2021
Daily Reading: Psalm 40-45
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
When Nehemiah first came to Jerusalem with the authority of King Artaxerxes to rebuild the city, he told no man what God had put in his heart. This gave him the appropriate time to plan and devise a strategy. This was a good use of the practice of hiding that which God is doing in one’s heart until the appropriate time to share it. When I sensed that the Lord was calling me to prepare my life for full time service to Him, I told no one. I simply started preparing, then at the appropriate time I shared with others what had been hiding in my heart about a transition in my life.
Sometimes it is good, wholesome, and even prudent to keep things hidden away in our heart.
But then, sometimes, it is not good to hide things in the heart. Of the things we could consider that should not be held secretly in the heart let us focus on one. David said: I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart. This devotion is not about King David, but rather about this thing of showing forth God’s righteousness instead of hiding it away. Some are content to have the righteousness of God imputed to them but try not to show it forth. They are misguided souls which perhaps believe that being too righteous is somehow a bad thing. Perhaps they have heard the old saying, “You are too heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” I’ve heard it, you probably have too.
It is as if many desire to be camouflaged. They want the righteousness of God to take them to heaven, but they attempt to hide that righteousness in their heart. It is true that no one earns heaven through being righteous. Romans 3:10 confirms this. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. And it is also true that only through faith in the righteousness that God alone can offer can one obtain salvation. Romans chapter 4 uses Abraham as an example of that imputed righteousness when it states: And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. But not only Abraham, for we are also mentioned in that chapter (verse 24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
You see, God’s righteousness is placed within a person through their faith in the Gospel. This makes them justified before Almighty God. That righteousness should not be hidden away, but rather put on display through a righteous manner of living for all the world to see. Consider it like fine China, let all that enter your realm see it, the righteousness of God in you.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.