"The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me" (Psalm 18:20).
I've always found passages like this in the Psalms puzzling. How could David, or anyone else, boast of such purity and godliness? How could he be so confident of standing before the Lord; how could he call himself blameless and upright in heart?
I'm still not sure I fully understand, but this morning I found a new encouragement in this psalm. If this was a comfort to David--if he drew confidence and peace from the knowledge that God had dealt with him according to his own righteousness--how much more can I be comforted by the knowledge that the Lord deals with me according to His Son's righteousness?
I know for sure I don't want Him to deal with me according to my righteousness. And because of the cross, He doesn't. I am in Christ, and so God sees me through the covering of His Son's perfect obedience. He deals with me as though my hands were the sinless hands of the spotless Lamb.