“The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” (Psalm 145:17-18)
All of Psalms 145 is beautiful, powerful and insightful. But verses 17 and 18 are two verses that need to be understood completely. They are foundational.
“The Lord is righteous in all his ways”. To put it simply, succinctly and bluntly, God is always right, no matter what he says or does, he is right, period, end of discussion. He is correct, just and lawful. The Lord is righteous in all his ways because God is righteousness. God doesn’t “do” righteousness, He “is” righteousness so therefore all of His acts “are” righteous. There is nothing unrighteous about His character, His being or His actions.
At some point in time man will have a problem with this fact. Carnal man will be at odds with some point or precept of God. The disagreement is usually about something specific and usually about something personal as it directly relates to them. Rarely does anyone engage in matters of truth, principle or doctrine that doesn’t have a direct impact on themselves.
Moral relativism is the idea that principles and truths are formed according to personal circumstances, that there is no universal or constant truth other than a “truth” as it is relates to self.
Moral relativism is an inherent problem with carnal man. Moral relativism asks, “How does God and His word affect me personally?” If it has a negative impact then carnal man will attempt to dismiss, disqualify or even just ignore God all together. Sometimes carnal man will re-word, misinterpret, omit, alter or change God’s word to suit himself and to justify his actions. Some will seek other “truths” or other “ways” that are more compatible to their own set of ideas and ideals. At other times carnal man will use people that are sinning with apparent success as examples and proofs that their way and their truth is valid.
With moral relativism truth becomes egocentric. Principle, precept, beliefs and doctrine become all about me. Moral relativism and egocentricity makes self the top priority. Moral standards and truth are now molded and conformed to suit the individual needs. This by definition is sin. Sin consumes. It takes. Sin seeks self.
But truth isn’t relative and truth doesn’t change. God is truth. God is righteous (right). God never changes.
“For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6)
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Our priorities as Christians are to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mark 12:30-31). These are outward expressions towards our Lord and other people. It is an outward display of love for God and His creation-Man. It is also the exact opposite of the self-centered world of moral relativism.
“…and holy in all his works”. God is not only right and just, He is also pure and completely devoted to His creation. Holiness like righteousness are attributes of God. They are composites, inseparable from His being.
“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” There is a qualifier attached to this statement. Yes, the Lord is nigh. God is everywhere, all of the time. But the qualifier to the statement is that he draws nigh and becomes available to those who come to him in truth. And as it has been stressed above, truth is God, His way and His word. Nothing else is true.
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:15-17).
God is righteous. He is right. There is no unrighteousness associated with Him nor is there anything wrong about Him. We may disagree. We may not understand. But that does not alter the fact that God is right.
God is also holy and pure. John summed it all up perfectly when he said, “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
God is light. He is truth, righteousness, holiness and absolute purity. There is no darkness, no chink in the armor, no if’s or but’s or maybe’s. God is all things true and pure.
God responds to like kind. God hears the call of His children.
Truth is a constant. We can’t change it or redefine it. This leaves us with two options. We can embrace it, which requires a change in our self. Or we can ignore it and mold whatever principle or precept around our self to suit our carnal life. But at the end of the day, God and truth always prevail. It can do nothing else but prevail for it cannot change. God, truth have always been and will always be.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).
By choosing to embrace the only universal truth, the only constant, God and by calling upon him in truth we too can have an everlasting life of righteousness.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).