"His Righteousness Endures Forever"

As we grow older, a good deal of our unhappiness is caused by our misplaced desire to return to the “good old days” — those times when we enjoyed health, wealth, position, or power. However, the things of this world will not last. They are vacillating, and ever changing. In fact, if we live long enough, they could be taken away from us and replaced with poverty, isolation, weakness, and pain (cf. Job 1:1-22; Job 2:1-10).

When we realize that this world and everything in it is unstable and unpredictable, we might find ourselves asking, “Is there anything lasting?” The Psalmist answers: “His [God’s] righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 112:9). It is untouched and unharmed by time and circumstances. Nothing that happens in this world can take it away. It endures when life has stripped us of every other possession.

This righteousness is ours as we draw near to God through obedience to the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (cf. Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 6:16-17). He is our rock and our salvation and the only source of true and lasting happiness. Psalm 112:1 says, “Blessed [happy] is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments”; because “All Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172).

Let’s delight in the Lord’s righteousness by obeying His word (Matthew 7:21). That’s the only way we’ll ever find true and lasting happiness, for He alone offers a righteousness that endures for all eternity.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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