Jehovah-Tsidkenu is another of the revealed names of God. As noted above, in the title it translates into “The LORD our Righteousness.” This is one of His names that should bring utmost peace and comfort to believers; for we do not have to rely on our own righteousness, which is as filthy rags to God, God Himself is our Righteousness.
Anytime we are being accused, being reminded of our sin, either by other humans, Satan, ourselves, etc… all we really have to do is return to this name of God. He is our Righteousness, and no one can ever take away or put down a righteousness like that.
The name comes from Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This name ultimately points to Christ, who does indeed become our righteousness, and anyone in Him has His righteousness imputed to them.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
That is the only righteousness that counts for anything because it is a perfect righteousness. This is why one must be in Christ to be reconciled to God, and we come to be apart of Christ by faithing in/on Him.
He is righteousness itself and He is the standard which we are called to meet; we cannot meet that standard on our own, which in turn is why we need Christ.
Romans 3: 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
This is why faith in Christ (and Christ’s own faith) is so important. Come judgment day those that have not faithed in Jesus do not have His righteousness accounted to them. They must rely on their own righteousness, and that cannot stand before Righteousness itself; before a completely Holy and Perfect God.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Christians beating themselves up over some slip or sin. I do it all the time (yes, both sinning and beating myself up 😉 )…you start to question yourself, and realize what a wondrously adept sinner you really are, then that leads to questioning one’s salvation and it shouldn’t! Why? Because our righteousness does not come from ourselves, our righteousness is God Himself once we come to Him in faith!
Turn to this name to be reminded of that, and call out to God praising Him and thanking Him for being that Righteousness and providing us a means by His Grace to have that Righteousness accounted to us! Thank God, literally, that I don’t have to present my sinful self to God without His righteousness being applied to me. All believers, all faithers, in Christ have the exact same righteousness, and that is God Himself.