Sinners will not stand in the assembly of the righteous. So, we need to figure out two things: what does it mean to be righteous and what is their assembly?
Righteousness is the theme of the Bible. It is the goal of every living being from the first pages of Genesis to the final chapter of Revelation. How do we make our way through this life and find reconciliation with God before our end? That’s the big question, isn’t it?
The key is to become righteous along the way. Righteous means to be right. The righteous are those who live their lives right before God. If you made a list of the qualities of the righteous in the Bible you wouldn’t have to look outside the book of Psalms.
In Psalms, the righteous are described as blameless, pure, innocent, clean, holy, undefiled, upright and obedient. The righteous walk in integrity and stand up under scrutiny. They are strong, wise, astute and they know God.
“The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His ordinances were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless with Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.”
If you are overwhelmed by that list, your response is the correct one. How can we ever hope to accomplish THAT? It’s describing the perfect person.
You are right. IT IS describing someone who is perfect. Tomorrow: how can any of us ever achieve that?