(This reading is based on Psalm 132 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs)
"Clothe Your priests with righteousness/I will clothe her priests with salvation." Ps. 132: 9, 16
In verse 9 the Psalmist expresses a desire to the see the priests of God clothed "with righteousness." God however in verse 16 sought to give the assurance that the priests of His chosen dwelling place will be clothed "with salvation." Is there a significant difference?
1. There really isn't a tension between the two, but instead an importance that both be visible in God's priests/people. You see, an aura of righteousness that is not tempered with a sense of available salvation, could intimidate a lowly sinner (that's all of us actually) - thrusting him/her into a state of hopelessness. So we see Jesus (perfect in righteousness) in John 8: 11 saying to the woman caught in the act of adultery, "Neither do I condemn thee...." That is Salvation!
2. It is possible that God is implying that before we are clothed with His righteousness we firstly need His salvation?
3. Yet another perspective could be that salvation is a package that includes righteousness. Hence, righteousness is a subset of salvation and will naturally flow, once salvation has reached the individual.
Lord, however it is that this is to be understood we know that this is nothing for us to accomplish on our own, but by Your divine grace. As you promised, grant us today Your salvation we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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