Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7

In the Isaiah passage we see God’s righteousness in the form of redeeming His people. He promises to give them the fruits of their labors. His righteousness is in redemption, He gives redemption and second chances continually in the Old Testament. The Lord only ever asked for people to be sincere in their hearts and they would be heard and considered alive–I talk about that concept a lot because it’s so important for us to understand.

The more we realize that God wants nothing more than our hearts, the more we come to love the Lord.

It’s easy to fall into onto a mindset that says now that we know better as Christians we should be better and then beat ourselves up when we aren’t better. Likewise, it’s just as easy to say “I’m saved by Grace, I’m gonna do what I want when I want.” Both are wrong ways to live.

God doesn’t want us beating ourselves up nor does He want us sinning just because we can.

All God wants is for us to love Him.

He says it over and over and over again.

That’s His nature. It’s merciful, loving, just, and righteous.

The Psalm shows us that God is so righteous mountains melt before Him and fire surrounds His steps. The Psalm goes on to command the righteous people to praise His name.

How did we become righteous people? Don’t worry, Paul reminds us in Titus. It’s not our righteousness that’s saved us, it’s the righteousness of Christ that was poured over us by the Holy Spirit.

The Lord saw were distant from Him and made a way for us to be closer. It’s mercy that allows us to be in the presence of such righteousness.

And this morning I am so grateful for that. How about you?

Blessings,
Karissa