The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
“The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”
“I walk in the way of righteousness along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.”
Proverbs 8:20-21 (NIV)
“Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
“Much wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is the income of the wicked.”
Proverbs 15:6 (NASB)
The Greek word for righteousness is dikaeosune and literally means ‘rightwiseness’. Righteousness profits as it gives the bonus of wisdom in our lives. Embrace God’s word which are the word of righteousness (Proverbs 8:7-8) and you shall find favour and success in this life.
(Proverbs 3:1-4; 13-18)
The Hebrew scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates defined righteousness which is Tsedaqah as rightness and justness. He added that the Hebrew masculine noun, Tsedaq as straightness, justness, honesty and integrity. Literally, it means ‘righteous’ in every areas of our lives. Jesus was the righteous, spotless sacrificial lamb: “As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11, NASB) Pilate at the trial declared the blamelessness of the righteous man Jesus: “I am innocent of the blood of this just person.” (Matthew 27:14) “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28) The bonus or dividends of righteousness yields longevity: “In the way of righteousness is life, and in the path thereof immortality.” (Proverbs 12:28, Rotherham)
“Open to me the gates of righteousness … This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.” (Psalm 118:19-20) If this is a profitable way, what then is the reason why so few find it and walk upon it? “For judgement will again be righteous; and all the upright in heart will follow it.” (Psalm 94:15) Righteousness is the reflection of the right condition of the heart. The condition of a man’s heart has always been wayward. It is not in our nature, our make-up nor the natural selection of man to choose righteousness heartily.
“Lift up your hands, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:7-8) The word ‘heads’ is very enlightening for it is David speaking under the pure unction of the Spirit. For gates are hard, metal inanimated object. Yet he speaks of “heads” which are the anatomy of human skull. It was a prophecy directed to the future generation of our days whereby w are the temple of the living God. God is asking us to open up our gates and doors of our hearts for the Lord to enter in.
Herein lies the bonus and dividend of righteousness: when God has an entrance into our lives, he shall be strong and mighty within us. Can God be allowed to be ‘strong’ in dealing with our deficiency? Can God be allowed to be mighty in out temperament? God wants to be mighty in battle to overcome our foul temper and bad moods and habits. The proof of righteousness is the outworking if His mightiness in our soul. Let God become the strongman to subdue all the evil tendencies of our mind and work out His salvation mightily in our mouth. The ‘righteous’ of God must permeate into the fibre of our entire soul. The King of glory must establish His rulership and throne in the sanctuary of our hearts.
“You can always tell when you are on the road of righteousness – it’s uphill.”
“Circumspection and circumscription are the circumference of a circumcised character.”
[Circumspection means a careful, vigilant and sober life void of carelessness and foolishness.]
[Circumscription means to be confined within the limited boundary of access and movements]
[Circumference means the boundary line bounding a circle]