“He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.”
The verse is speaking about Melchizedek but ultimately about Jesus.
Jesus is first the King of Righteousness. The thoughts that come to mind are “holy, right, perfect, pure, all-knowing and worthy of my obedience and worship.” If I look up righteousness it may not say all that but this morning that is what my heart tells me. He is God and I am not. He is other and of a completely different order than I. His ways are, indeed, above my ways and His thoughts vast beyond my thoughts…even the ones He might have given me at some time in the past.
When I see Him in His righteousness I am undone. Anything I could say is wasted breath because He knows all things, understands all things and all things belong to Him. I am not in His league and my plans and ideas and well made points are simply gone from my lips. The striving crumbles gently into dust. I stand in awe but not afraid – just emptied of myself.
He is also King of Salem – King of Peace. Emptied, now peace has room. It seeps into my heart and spreads like a mist until there is no empty space. It just fills and calms and cleanses. I am reset and now we can begin.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Ps 145:17 GNV
You are worried over so many things when only one is really needed.
About the World?
“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Is 32:17