A Righteous Branch, A Redeeming Name

Hovering over five words in Jeremiah this morning . . . one hyphenated word if I spoke Hebrew. Experiencing an ebb and flow as I meditate. The outgoing “tide”, the emptying of self, that of wonder, awe, and worship. The incoming waves are the fresh reminder of how it’s even possible that I should have a desire or access to offer my heart before heaven.

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and He shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which He will be called: ‘The LORD Is Our Righteousness.'”

(Jeremiah 23:5-6 ESV)

The Lord Is Our Righteousness. Jehovah-Tsidkenu.

Not only is He righteous. He is our righteousness.

Our salvation, our security, is found only in Him because of who He is and because He has credited who He is to the accounts of those who believe. He is righteous. He has imputed to us His righteousness. Thus, we are righteous in Him.

Today the King reigns internally, through His Spirit, high and lifted up, beheld by eyes of faith. One day He will return to reign visibly, enthroned for all to see. Our confidence that we will behold Him face to face? He is the Righteous One. He is our righteousness.

Meditating on it, it seems like something easier felt than tell’t.

Oh, the wonder of such a redeemer! Oh, what confidence in such a redemption! Wholly of Him. Nothing of self.

Fit to worship, serve, and be called friend by The Righteous Branch of David. Only because The LORD Is Our Righteousness.

Oh, what a Savior! Oh, hallelujah!

Oh, what grace!

To God be the glory!

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