Psalm 94:16-23, 97:10-12
We often think of righteousness in terms of piety or religiosity. There is, however, an active dimension to righteousness as described in the following psalms:
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Unless the Lord had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
But the Lord has been my defense,
And my God, the rock of my refuge.
He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The Lord our God shall cut them off.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Inherent in the call to righteousness is the challenge to stem the tide of evil. Righteousness requires action. While the thought is sobering, pray that God will use you to stem the tide of evil in your sphere of influence. As 18th-century statesman Edmund Burke so astutely observed: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”