The Lord Is Righteous

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A hymn on the righteousness of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"


The Lord is righteous in all things; His works and ways are perfect.
Enthroned as Judge of earth and heav'n and just in every verdict.
The Lord has fixed a day
When men He will repay:
The wicked He will smite,
And wrongs will be made right;
None can evade His justice.

The Lord has shown Himself as both the Just and Justifier:
The Christ has died to satisfy what Justice did require.
The guiltless One was slain
For guilty sinners' gain—
Through faith His work is theirs,
The righteous Judge declares;
And none can stand against them.

The Lord will vindicate His saints when He comes in His Kingdom
And they, dressed in His righteousness, will share in His dominion.
This promise makes us meek—
No vengeance do we seek;
Since Jesus we possess,
We flee self-righteousness
And rest in His perfection.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2010

Scripture References

Reference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
8.1.1 Deuteronomy 32:4 "The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he."
8.1.2a Psalm 96:13 "The Lord comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness." Psalm 50:4 "He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people"
8.1.2b Revelation 19:1-2 " Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just"
8.1.3-4 Isaiah 59:18 "According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies" Romans 2:5-6 "Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works."
8.1.5 Isaiah 13:11 "I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity"
8.1.6 Romans 12:19 "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord"
8.1.7 Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done."
8.2.1-2 Romans 3:25-26 "God put [Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show ... his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
8.2.3-4 Isaiah 53:9-10 "They made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt"
8.2.5-6 Romans 3:26 "[God is] just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" Philippians 3:8-9 "... in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith"
8.2.7 Romans 8:30 "[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord"
8.3.1a Psalm 135:14 "The LORD will vindicate his people"
8.3.1b 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 "God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you ... when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus."
8.3.2a Revelation 7:14 "[The saints] have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb"
8.3.2b Revelation 20:6 "[The saints] will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years."
8.3.3 Matthew 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
8.3.4 Romans 12:19 "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'"
8.3.5-6 Philippians 3:8 "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ"
8.3.7 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 "[The Lord] said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."


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