God’s Righteousness in the Psalms
When you build a house, the first thing you establish are the foundations. If the foundations do not exist, the construction will not be stable and be at risk of falling. Now, a throne is one of the maximum representations of an established kingdom, because it is the place where the king sits to reign. The foundations of the throne of God are righteousness and judgment (Psalms 89:14 and Psalms 97:2). In order for the Kingdom of Heaven to be established on earth and in our lives, the righteousness and the judgment of God have to be first manifested, or else it will not be stable.
The righteousness and the judgment of God cannot be manifested or established without the Holy Spirit of God (John 16:8 and Romans 14:17). The Holy Spirit of God is a prophetic spirit (Acts 2:17-18) and the prophetic is the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelations 19:10). Jesus Christ came to reveal the Father on earth, and the Holy Spirit reveals to us the Son (1 Corinthians 12:3 and 1 Peter 1:12).
According to God, righteousness is the faith in Him (Galatians 3:11 and Habakkuk 2:4). Before there was any law or covenant with Abraham, he believed in God. King David in the Psalms understands the righteousness of God that is according to faith. And that is why he writes in Psalm 51 “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Also, as it is written in Romans 1:17, that “in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed to us by faith and to faith.”
If you believe in Yahweh, you will walk righteously before him. Righteousness is not about following the law of men, but about believing in the Eternal One. If you have faith in God, then you will hear His voice and you will live by the things He speaks unto you through the Holy Spirit; through the prophetic. I say this in the love of God, David was not a poet; he was a king and a prophet. The things he played and prayed in the Psalms were not poetic, metaphorical, or rhetorical, they were spiritual and literal. Mountains do rejoice, trees do clap, and the earth does have life within it. It probably sounds crazy, but Prophet Isaiah said something that with our human reasoning can be interpreted as poetic, but through the Spirit of God, whom is the one speaking through Isaiah, you know that it is literal.
“So is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do. For you (the people of God) shall go out (from Babylon) with joy, and be led out with peace. The mountains and the hills will break out before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.” – Isaiah 55:11-12
God is beyond our reason, He created reason. Yahweh made the earth, the heavens, and all that is within them. If we are to use our reason to understand what someone beyond reason made, we will never come to comprehend the things they created. The way we can only understand Yahweh is through the Spirit. As proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” And as Paul warns the Colossians “Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.”
This is the righteousness of God that David understood and that is why the Psalms are filled with profound revelation of whom God is, His righteousness, and how He sanctions. God sanctions those who do not have faith in Him and those that depart from the faith. Historically speaking, the sanctions in the Psalms are important because they reveal to us the righteousness of God. In order to understand God’s Kingdom we must first understand His justice and judgment that can only be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit of God, whom David had.
“When he (the Holy Spirit) has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; about sin, because they don’t believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.” –John 16: 8-11
“We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” –Acts 5:32
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. – 1 John 5:7