“Righteous are you, O Lord, and Your laws are right. The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.” Psalm 119:137-138
The definition of righteousness is: “meeting the standards of what is right and just.” (Webster’s Dictionary)
The writer of Psalm 119 tells us every law, every statute, every promise, and every command of the Lord are righteous. They are the standard of right and wrong which we are to follow. We are also told God’s righteousness is trustworthy, true, and everlasting.
A warrior wears a breastplate to protect vital organs such as his heart and lungs. The breastplate we have to protect us is the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. It fortifies the heart. This means we have adopted the standards set by God and they are embedded into our hearts and souls.
There will be times of trouble and sorrow living in this world. We can’t avoid them. But we can choose how we are going to handle those situations. Are we going to give in to them and let Satan have his way? NO!
We have God’s righteousness. His truth and His promises will get us through those times. His BREASTPLATE guards our hearts. We have God’s power within us to help us stand tall in times of adversity. We know the prince of darkness cannot penetrate the armor God has given us.
As the devil is poking his spears at us, we need to remember we are wearing the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. As long as we cling to what is right the evil one cannot pierce through. He can’t destroy our hearts. Psalm 119:143 says, “Trouble and distress have come upon me, but (God’s) commands are my delight.”
APPLICATION: You will face difficult times. Don’t give into them. Stand strong on the laws and promises of God. Don’t give Satan an opening to pierce your heart.