11 Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
Psalm 85:11 (NLT)
This article continues from yesterday’s version on the prophecy of the writer of Psalm 85. As I have mentioned earlier, the original intention of the writer was to pray for the restoration of his nation. He wanted his nation to be strong and prosperous again. God was so pleased with this prayer that He had not only put it in the Bible but also used it to deliver his prophecy. So, the guy who prayed the prayers in Psalm 85 had become a prophet unknowingly.
The lesson for us here is, we are free to pray for anything we like as long as we pray. Religious people like to create rules on what we can and cannot pray but God will never do that. In fact, if you are to follow those religious rules, you can throw away the Bible because the many prayers in it had violated those religious rules. For example, if you are to pray the prayers of Psalm 85, you will be branded as someone who is deluded by the “Prosperity Gospel” because the contents of this psalm is on asking God for prosperity.
The bottom line is, God wants us to pray. It does not matter if you pray wrongly or used the wrong words. God will not be offended and send you to hell if you happen to used insulting words on him. He is far greater than that. He still loves you. When we pray, we will be in communion with him. We will be giving him the opportunity to help us and correct our mistakes. Even your unspiritual prayers can turn spiritual in his presence, just like what happened in the prayers in Psalm 85.
The above verse is the second verse on the prophecy God had given to the writer. The first part says, “Truth springs up from the earth”. What does that mean? The only possible answer I can think of is the event of Jesus rose from the grave. The writer had made a tremendous breakthrough in his prophetic progress. He had even predicted the event of Jesus rising from the grave.
When Jesus died at the Cross, he died for our sins. He took all our sins on his body and took the punishments on our behalf. We will never be punished for our sins again because Jesus had taken all our punishments. Then Jesus died. He had to die because the wages of sin is death. He died our death so that we don’t have to die again. Death has no sting on us.
Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave. What is the significance of this event? The last part of the above verse tells us why: “and righteousness smiles down from heaven”. When Jesus rose from the grave, it means things are going to be fine. His sacrifice had been accepted and we are declared righteous in his sight. Righteousness smiles down from heaven.
We received righteousness from heaven. As I have mentioned before, we have Christ-Righteousness which comes form Jesus’ works at the Cross and not Self-Righteousness which comes from self performance. The term “smiles” implies God is delighted in us. He is not longer angry with us because all his anger had been consumed at the Cross. We are righteous and holy in his sight despite the mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed.
The prophecy in Psalm 85:10-11 is our reality today. Jesus had died for our sins and rose for our righteousness. We have been made right with God. The mistakes that we have made and the sins that we have committed can never remove our righteousness because we are Christ-Righteous and not Self-Righteous. Take time to reflect on our present right standing with God. Your life will never be the same again.