“Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me,” says Isaiah 45:21.
Consider the word righteous. Even the most honest, ethical, moral individual could not be good enough to work their way into heaven. Jehovah-Tsidkenu is our righteousness. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” says 2 Corinthians 5:21. Because of the finished work of Christ, God sees us as righteous as He sees His Son. “There is no one righteous, not even one,” says Romans 3:10.
The meaning of tsidek is straight, stiff, balanced, as on scales—full width, justice, right righteous, declared innocent. God is our righteousness. And this righteousness has been gifted to us through God’s son, Jesus. “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and Prophets testify. This righteousness from god comes through faith in jesus Christ to all who believe,” says Romans 3:21–22.
Google defines righteousness as “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.” What a comfort to know that God provided for our righteousness because He knew we couldn’t do it on our own. Romans 3:23–24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.”
I am looking forward to the future. I can’t wait for the day prophesied in Jeremiah 23:5–6 says, “’The time is coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will place a righteous Branch on King David’s throne. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. And this is His name: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’”
Dear Jehovah-Tisdkenu, thank you for the blood of Jesus, the only Righteous One. He willingly died in my place, let His blood cover my sins, so I could be righteous, justified, restored to fellowship with you, my Holy One. Thank you for your love, peace, purpose, and righteousness. I can’t wait for the day when you rule the New Earth and finally make all things right. In Jesus’ name, amen.