Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 71:16b, where we read these words (of David):
" . . . I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only."
This little phrase (above) is a good reminder that the *only* One who has any inherent "righteousness" is the Triune God alone. All of our righteousness is derived from Christ, the Second Person. When it comes to the greatest form of righteousness (i.e. justification before God), this is imputed to the churched Christian; and it is received by faith in Jesus—His blood atonement and justi-fying resurrection. When it comes to any form of "civil" righteousness (which cannot and does not save), any person may have it, and it is given as a token of God's "common" grace.
Let us who have received the gift of faith in Christ bless God that we possess *His* (Jesus') Own righteousness. This is the great advantage of believing the gospel and being members of the true church; and it is cause for great re-joicing.
[Puritan quote of the day: "The truth is, we should listen as much to the voice of God in the ministry of His Word as if the Lord should speak out of the clouds to us.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gospel Worship"]