The Righteous Person
A Psalm of David. Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain? One who walks in total integrity, works righteously, and speaks truth in his heart. One who does not slander with his tongue and has done no evil to his fellow human, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor. In whose eyes a vile person is despicable, but who honors those who fear God; one who keeps his oath even when it hurts. He lends not his money for interest and neither takes a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never falter (Psalm 15).
This idea of what it takes to be a good person is repeated in Psalms 24 and 82:
Who may ascend the mountain of God, and who may stand in the place of His holiness? He that has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity and who has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive God’s blessing and righteousness from the God of his salvation (psalme 24: 3-5).
Give justice for the poor and orphan; uphold the rights of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken” (Psalm 82: 3-5).
The psalmists are asking humanity to imitate God and be concerned about justice and equity for all. In fact, Psalm 146 demonstrates what God does for the oppressed, the poor, and the helpless.
He secures justice for the oppressed; He gives bread to the hungry. The Lord releases the imprisoned. The Lord gives sight to the blind; The Lord straightens those bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord protects the stranger; orphan and widow He enables to stand firm; but the way of the wicked He thwarts (Psalm 146:7-9).
Righteous people are hardworking and engage in honest, productive work. This provides them with satisfaction and shows us how we too can achieve peace of mind. The verse below stresses the importance of industriousness. Indeed, there is a considerable amount of research that indicates that losing one’s job has a huge impact on one’s happiness; a good job, one the other hand, contributes a great deal to one’s happiness and self-confidence.
When you shall eat of the toil of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you (Psalm 128:2).