Righteousness!

The UNrighteousness in our world

smothers

and sickens

and depresses

 

Everywhere

unrighteousness

 

Unholiness

 

Evil

 

 

That is why

I choose this day

 

to SHOUT in words

my adoration

of my righteous God!!

 

His righteousness

obliterates the darkness

 

In fact

His righteousness

brings out the grotesque hideousness

of evil

 

and shows it for what it is

before holy God

 

We would do well to run toward the LIGHT

and not the dark

 

But the darkness pulls at the heels

of human frailty

 

dragging away those meant to be Light-Bearers,

Divine image-bearers

 

into tunnels

and holes

desperate

and depraved

 

feeling as if hope

is not for them

 

…but it is

 

Hope was always meant

for desperate

depraved

depressed hearts

 

Righteous, beautiful God

provides that HOPE

 

I choose!

to stand with hands held high

in praise of the One and Only

righteous all-on-His-own

God Almighty!

 

His white

and His red

changed my black

to white pristine

 

My Jesus

MY Jesus

is

righteous

holy

and

perfect

 

and His justice demands

evil answers to righteousness

 

I will stand in the spotless robe

lovingly given to me

sacrificially

 

And I will shout

and whisper

and repeat

 

“I praise You righteous God,

and I will tell of Your righteousness

throughout this life

You have given to me!”

 

~  Susie Stewart

 

My tongue will tell of Your righteous acts all day long…

– Psalm 71:24 (NIV)

 

He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].

– 2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP)

 

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith.

– Philippians 3:8,9 (NLT)

 

I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

– Psalm 7:17 (NIV)

 

Photo by Nicole Stewart

 

 

 

Creation Speaks

The morning sings joy

and mercy

 

Do you hear it?

 

The noonday sun radiates righteousness

and truth

 

Do you see it?

 

The moon and stars whisper peace

and wisdom

 

Do you perceive it?

 

The whole earth

and all of creation

speak of Divinity

 

Listen well

and walk

in the morning joy,

the noonday truth,

and the nighttime peace

 

with your Creator

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    You call forth songs of joy.

– Psalm 65:8 (NIV)

 

He will spread out righteousness for you as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land; He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.

– Psalm 37:6 (VOICE)

 

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
    which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

– Proverbs 4:18 (NLT)

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

– Psalm 136:1-9 (NLT)

 

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.

– Lamentations 3:22, 23 (NIV)

 

At every time and in every place— from the moment the sun rises to the moment the sun sets— may the name of the Eternal be high in the hearts of His people.

– Psalm 113:3 (VOICE)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

Kingdom

Show me, God,

how it looks

to seek first

the Kingdom of God

 

Show me

how to lay aside

anything that distracts

 

Show me

how to live here

and seek You there

 

Show me

how to be about

what You are about

 

Show me

how to be disciplined

and to be free

in this pursuit

 

Show me

how to keep my gaze

on YOU

above all else

 

Show me, God,

Your Kingdom here on earth

 

– Susie Stewart

 

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

– Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

 

So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, “What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?!” That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and His goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.

– Matthew 6:32-34 (AMP)

 

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

– Matthew 6:33 (AMP)

 

What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what He wants you to do. Then He will give you all these other things you need.

– Matthew 6:33 (ERV)

 

But first, be concerned about His kingdom and what has His approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.

– Matthew 6:33 (GW)

 

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.Matthew 6:32-34 (MSG)

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

– Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart