Jeremiah 9:23-24 (what to glory in…)

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (what to glory in…)
“23) Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

“Wild Heart” by Wolves at the Gate, lyrics.

Great song “Wild Heart” from (a real Gospel) album “VxV”
by the band Wolves at the Gate.

Lyrics:
“Knee deep in the swelling seas without a thought
Or realization of my dying need,
I cannot keep out this grim disease
For it has plagued and overtaken all,
All our dying breed.

Waist deep in the ocean’s sleep
Without a thought or realization of my dying need,
(I cannot) can’t keep what I didn’t reap
For I see justice coming swiftly for,
For every thought and deed.

None had taught.
Such wickedness from the start.
In deed, in thought, my heart was tearing apart.
In vain I fought.
Hoping this pain would depart.
Still no one could tame this wild heart.

Lawless and reckless, my will and my art.
“Flawless” I profess, yet wicked in heart.
Lawless and reckless, my will and my art.
“Flawless” I profess, yet wicked in heart.

A liar, a thief is what had marked my soul.
Thought lying and stealing would make me feel whole.

Neck deep in the water’s grave
Without a thought or realization of my dying need,
(I cannot) can’t keep back the coming wave
For I see it coming swiftly for,
For which I carry and plead.

None had taught.
Such wickedness from the start.
In deed, in thought,
My heart was tearing apart.
In vain I fought.
Hoping this pain would depart.
Still no one could tame this wild heart.

The ocean’s deep and thick
My lungs are filling quick.
I scream and flail and kick.
For my heart is truly sick.
I feel the end is near.
Choked up by waves of fear.
Distant, You seem unclear.
Until the Savior nears.

Cut through the night.
My curse and my plight.
Blinded by light.
Holy in white.
My heart didn’t fight.
My heart didn’t fight.
Crushed by the sight.

Shame had taught.
Of all my sin in disgrace.
In love You sought.
To bring me to Your embrace.
My life was bought.
By God in taking my place.
For none could show
Such mercy, love and grace.
Grace!

My heart didn’t fight.
My words at a loss.
Crushed by the sight.
The sight of the Cross.”

Isaiah 51:4-8

Isaiah 51:4-8
“an assurance of the perpetuity of God’s righteousness and His salvation” (quoted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary)

“4) Hearken unto Me, My people; and give ear unto Me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from Me, and I will make My judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5) My righteousness is near; My salvation is gone forth, and Mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon Me, and on Mine arm shall they trust.
6) Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but My salvation shall be for ever, and My righteousness shall not be abolished.
7) Hearken unto Me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
8) For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but My righteousness shall be for ever, and My salvation from generation to generation.”

Isaiah 26:7-9 / The way of the just is uprightness…

Isaiah 26:7-9
“7) The way of the just is uprightness: Thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
8) Yea, in the way of Thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for Thee; the desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee.
9) With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

Isaiah 5:20-23. Woe unto them…

Isaiah 5:20-23
“20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21) Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22) Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23) Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”

“Righteousness,…

“Righteousness, we may say, is that principle in God which founds the moral order of the world, which is pledged to uphold that order (Rom. ii. 2 ; iii. 6), and which vindicates it against all opposition. Under it are included such attributes as God’s truth or faithfulness; His justice; His zeal or jealousy for His own honour ; and His anger or wrath, which is simply another name for the necessary reaction
of God’s holiness against sin, but specially, against daring and presumptuous transgression.”
– from “Sidelights on Christian doctrine” by James Orr

“Self-righteous…

“Self-righteousness does not believe the death of Jesus of Nazareth was a divine expiation for human sin. It is willing to accept it as a moral sacrifice and martyrdom,
but shrinks back aghast at the idea that God was in that hour dealing with his Son as a substitute for sinful men, and through his death working out, for all willing to accept
him as such, a righteousness that should be the very righteousness of God. Self-righteousness refuses categorically to believe in the necessity of expiation on the part of any human being.
It denies the tremendous proposition that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all
sin. It denies the uncompromising proposition that, “Without shedding of blood there
is no remission.”
It denies the demonstrated logic of every day’s experience that a clean thing cannot
come out of an unclean. It denies the statement of the Son of God that that which is
born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. It refuses to
accept the far-reaching import of that statement, the definite, dynamic conclusion that
flesh will always produce flesh, that never, under any circumstance, can it produce anything but flesh, never, under any circumstance, can it produce spirit. It refuses to see how in this statement the Son of God testifies that between that which is born of the flesh and that which is born of the Spirit there is a great gulf fixed which even God, speaking with all reverence, cannot bridge, much less any culture by human effort.
Self-righteousness denies the thunderous and climacteric words of the Son of God in
which he declares that unless a man be born again he cannot even see the kingdom of God.
This self-righteousness, added to all the denial it makes of the things of God so stated, has the hardihood to offer to God that human nature which he has judged and rejected. It sets aside God’s own solemn Word, exalts the word of man and, in exalting the righteousness of man, denies the righteousness of God. In denying the righteousness of God, it denies God himself.”
— from p.188-189 of “The Signs of the Times” by Isaac Massey Haldeman.