Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
The ancients understood what these verses mean and they were overjoyed by them. Righteousness and justice were not common in their world, nor frankly are they all that common in ours, but they are the foundation of God’s throne. Love and faithfulness aren’t always evident in this world either, but they are hallmarks of God. They also go together, love and faithfulness.
This linkage is easier to understand if we bear in mind that the Hebrew word that is translated “faithfulness” in the English is the word hesed which means covenant-keeper. You may recall that I recently posted an item about this word. You can view it here if you missed it.
It is precisely because of God’s righteousness, justice and love that He cannot possibly break His covenant promises to us. He did not break faith with the Israel of old, and He will not break faith with us. You and I are secure in Him, no matter how dark this world may be at times. Our God is faithful, which is to say that He keeps His word, and we are blessed indeed. The next verse is interesting to note because of the parallelism it contains: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim the Lord is to say that those who have learned to praise Him are happy (blessed). This is equal to the second part Those who walk in the light of His presence are those who have learned to praise Him.
May we praise and glorify the one who is faithful and keeps His covenant with us, for it is in Him that we are overflowing with joy!