Righteousness and Peace

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Psalm 85:10

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

Psalm 89:14-15

When you think about it, the things mentioned in these verses don’t usually go together.  In Psalm 85:10, mercy and truth are met together and righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  Righteousness is not something that we can produce- “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).  As for peace, “there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked”.  Righteousness is far from our grasp and peace comes only with righteousness.  Psalm 89:14 tells us that mercy and truth shall go before His face.  The truth is that we are sinners who deserve absolutely nothing from a Holy and Just God.  Justice and judgment demand payment for sin, and the wages of sin is death.  These concepts are infinitely far apart for fallen man.  There is no way for us to reconcile ourselves to a Holy God.

Except for Jesus.  In the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  We are at peace with God through His righteousness.  The justice and judgment of a Holy God have been carried out by Jesus on the cross.  He is able to give mercy because He IS the way the truth and the life. 

These seeming contradictions are beautifully joined together in Christ.  In verse 15, the Psalmist says “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound…”  We are truly blessed to know the joyful sound of Romans 5:8:  “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  We are blessed to know the joyful sound of Psalm 32: 1: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”.  We are blessed to know the joyful sound of Isaiah 38:17: “…thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back”.  We are truly blessed.  Let us be thankful to the Lord for bringing righteousness and peace and  mercy and truth together in our lives!

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