King David prayed, and asked God to lead him into the land of uprightness:
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:10)
What is this ‘land of uprightness’ that King David desired to go into?
The land of ‘uprightness‘, as the Hebrew word (Strong’s # H4334 – miyshore) indicates, is a plain and level land, a straight place, a place of righteousness and honesty. Its root word is the Hebrew word (Strong’s # H3474 – yashar) which means ‘to be straight or even.’
How can we be led into such a place? How can we live in a land of uprightness — a place of righteousness and honesty and straight-ness?
The first part of this verse gives us the answer.
“Teach me to do thy will“
King David wanted to know and do the will, the desires, of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
King David’s example is for our instruction.
Just as King David did, we too are to seek the heavenly Father, and ask Him, “Teach me to do Your will.” This should be our daily prayer — that we may learn to walk according to Yahuwah’s will, according to His desires, and thus begin to walk into the “Land of Uprightness.”
The Strait and Narrow
This is exactly what Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] urged us to do:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Yahushua is telling us that the way to enter into life [ever-lasting life], and salvation, is through a ‘strait‘ gate — a confining, narrow and difficult way, and at times, even a distressful way.
But wait a minute! ‘Strait’ and ‘Straight’ are two words that sound the same, but have two different meanings.
Using that word ‘strait‘ to describe the ‘gateway’ to life is a divinely ordained description for us English speaking folks. That word not only describes a confining, narrow and difficult pathway, but it also reminds us of ‘straightness‘ — straight in the sense of truth, and in the sense of walking in level plainness and in righteousness.
The ‘straightness’ of the pathway to life describes walking in a straight path, a path not crooked, a path that does not deviate from the absolutes given to us in the Bible. It describes the pursuit of someone with a true and honest heart, a heart in whom there is no guile, a heart set on doing what is upright and good according to the will of God, as expressed in the written Word of God.
The ‘straitness’ of the pathway to life describes the willingness to endure walking in a pathway that is confining, narrow, difficult, and at times, distressful.
Both descriptions, if embraced, will lead us into the “Land of Uprightness”.
This was King David’s desire — to learn and do the will of God, so that he could walk into the Land of Uprightness.
Begins in This Lifetime
Walking into that “Land of Uprightness” begins in this lifetime, if we hope to dwell with Messiah in the coming ‘new heavens and new earth’:
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (2Peter 3:13)
We could say that the apostle Peter reminds us from the above verse, that there will be no un-righteousness in the ‘new heavens and new earth’.
Peter asks, “What kind of people ought you to be?”(2Peter 3:11) in preparation for living where righteousness dwells.
The new heavens and the new earth will be filled with those who are already familiar with living in righteousness, holiness, and godliness. It will be a Dwelling Place of Righteousness — in other words, a “Land of Uprightness”.
The kind of people that will dwell in that future Place of Righteousness, are those who have been clothed with the garments of salvation and covered with the robe of righteousness, which are acquired only in advance, through faith in Messiah Yahushua (Isaiah 61:10 and Philippians 3:9 and Romans 5:9).
As important and glorious as these essential garments of salvation are, they are only the beginning of our journey into the Land of Uprightness!
Our Journey into the Land of Uprightness
Our journey into the Land of Uprightness begins with our personal encounter with Yahushua Messiah, at which time we become saved by grace through faith in His blood sacrifice, which He willingly offered for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:7-8 and Romans 10:9-10).
Our subsequent growth in grace, and in the knowledge of our Saviour Messiah Yahushua, is an ongoing journey into maturity, holiness, responsibility, and uprightness. It is a journey of producing the fruits of righteousness, which are by Yahushua Messiah (Philippians 1:10-11) It is a journey in which we gladly begin to 1) walk uprightly, 2) work righteousness, and 3) speak the truth in our heart, as we allow Messiah-in-us to live in us, day-by-day (Psalms 15:1-2 and Colossians 1:27).
In this lifetime, we are to practice and learn to behave according to Biblical ‘uprightness’ and ‘righteousness’, in preparation for dwelling in that special Place of Righteousness.
Yahuwah has worked into us Messiah’s righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21), and therefore it is our joyful obedience to Yah’s Word that becomes the ‘outworking’ of the righteousness He has worked into us.
Now is the time to identify ourselves with Biblical uprightness, and to learn the characteristics of uprightness.
Now is the time to be walking in a ‘straight’ way.
And yes, it is true that we fail at times. But Father’s mercy and grace is available to help us stay on His pathway, if we will ask for His help.
None of us can walk ‘uprightly’ without His help! But with His help, we can maintain the needed humility to stay close to Him, seeking His guidance and strength, seeking to walk in line with Yahuwah’s WORDS [the written Scriptures].
Let us begin to practice walking in that ‘strait and narrow path’ — enduring the difficulties and distresses that come with our identifying with Messiah, and with obedience to His Words:
For even hereunto were ye called: because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1Peter 2:21-24)
In the above passage, Peter is telling us that our calling is to endure distresses and live unto righteousness; in other words, seek to live ‘straightly,’ walking in obedience to Yah’s Word, yielding to His direction in every area of our life.
A Few Examples
Here are a few examples of walking uprightly, examples of works of righteousness that bring us into harmony with Yah’s Word:
- The 4th Commandment — observing the seventh day as the holy Sabbath Day.
- The 5th Commandment — honouring and respecting our parents.
- Being honest and honourable in all our dealings with others.
- Seeking Yah’s Kingdom and His righteousness at the start of every day.
- Avoiding the observance of pagan traditions and pagan holidays.
- Understanding the great importance of the Second Commandment.
- Observing the annual Feasts of Yahuwah.
The above are some very basic examples of walking uprightly — not according to man-made church doctrines, but according to the Scriptures. The more intimate and personal details of walking uprightly will come about in our lives as we study to obey Father’s Word, and we maintain a humble and contrite spirit.
In other words, the Scriptures tell us in more precise wording:
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. (John 15:10)
He that saith he abideth in Him (Yahushua), ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked. (1John 2:6)
Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:9-10)
Our abiding in Him consists of walking as Messiah walked — doing what He did, and avoiding what He avoided. He is our example in all things. He is our hope of glory! (Colossians 1:26-27)
Messiah’s life in us is the pathway into the Land of Uprightness. This is the pathway that prepares us and leads us into the glorious ever-lasting LIFE.
May our prayer be as King David’s: Lead me, Father, into the Land of Uprightness.
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