As we look at God’s names seen through Psalm 23, like the Lord is my Shepherd (Jehovah Rohi), today we turn to Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness. Psalm 23:3 says, “he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
Where is the name, the Lord our Righteousness, first used in the Bible? In Jeremiah 23:1-6 the prophet Jeremiah quoted God, saying that the authorities of that day had not taken care of God’s people, the Israelites. But a descendant of King David, “Jehovah Tsidkenu” would come and He would reign with justice and righteousness in the land. These verses refer both to Jesus’ coming to earth to be born and live as Messiah and to His future eternal reign.
A future eternal reign
Who will be allowed in this eternal reign and the new city of Jerusalem that is prophesied? Rev. 21:27 says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
God is Righteous
God is righteous. He always does the right thing. If He says something, He will not go against it. So, if we can only live in this eternal city with God if our names are in the Lamb’s book of life, how do our names get written there? Well, we can’t go to Heaven and somehow write our names in God’s book ourselves. The Bible tells us that Jesus (the Lamb of God) lived on the earth and died on the cross to take the punishment for the sins of the world.
When someone asks God to forgive them for the shameful or deceitful things (sins) they have done, God pardons them because of Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice. Since the Lambs’ (Jesus’) righteousness takes the place of our shamefulness and deceit, we can call him God, our Righteousness. At that moment of being forgiven, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Psalm 23:3 reminds us that we shouldn’t just ask for forgiveness and continue on the same old path. He will guide us on His right paths and as we follow, that will bring honor to His name.