November 3, 2021

Our Righteousness


Deuteronomy 6:10-25


The final verse in this passage explains that “if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness” (v. 25).  What does righteousness mean? Is it a reward? A hymn by Albert Midlane helps to provide an answer. 

The Perfect Righteousness of God

1 The perfect righteousness of God

is witnessed in the Savior’s blood;

’tis the cross of Christ we trace

His righteousness, yet wondrous grace.

2 God could not pass the sinner by;

justice demands that he should die;

but in the cross of Christ we see

how God can save, yet righteous be.

3 The judgment fell on Jesus’ head;

’twas in His blood sin’s debt was paid;

stern Justice can demand no more,

and Mercy can dispense her store.

4 The sinner who believes is free,

can say, “The Savior died for me”;

can point to the atoning blood

and say, “This made my peace with God.”

Righteousness is the quality of being morally right or justifiable. We can never match the perfect righteousness of God, but we are instructed “to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded” this is what is asked of us. Righteousness is not a physical reward, but a spiritual one. When we are cloaked with righteousness, we are becoming more like the person whom God calls us to be.


  • What is a commandment or directive from God that you personally struggle to follow? 
  • How is this directive meant for our good?


  • Even though we are not perfect, God is. God gives us rules to follow to help us be more like God. What guidance does God give us? 


God, help me to follow your directions. When I struggle to be obedient, Lord help me to remember that Your instructions are designed for my good. Help me not to rebel from You, but to delight in your instruction. Amen.