“… and his righteousness with their children’s children.”Psalm 103:17
Many of us live practically with the notion that, as long as our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, we are acceptable to God. It’s hard not to live this way in a world which generally rewards good and punishes wrong, and then judges us accordingly. But the Bible tells us that we all stand guilty before our holy God and cannot attain by our own deeds the righteousness He requires.
Psalm 103 gives us a word of comfort from outside our attempts to keep God’s commandments. It’s founded on the eternal promise that God gives His righteousness to those who fear Him and to their children’s children. This righteousness He freely gives to us in Christ, on the basis of Jesus’ perfect obedience in His life and His death. Righteousness is given to us by faith (Romans 3:22) and makes us His children.
God’s promises will continue throughout the ages until Jesus returns. He will not withhold His righteousness from us. He will abundantly lavish it on all who humbly come to Him no longer trusting in their own deeds to save them. [Joel, Aiea, HI; third year student]
“I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation.” (Isaiah 46:13)