Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the Lord have created it. Isaiah45:8
Righteousness and blessing, the two are tied together in this song of praise to the creator. To walk right with God, to lead a rightly ordered life, to lead a life that will sustain you is the call of this passage. To be righteous, to walk right with God is an inherent part of the created order. Righteousness is something that falls like rain. Yet we choose not to be righteous. We choose to lead a life separated from God, yet God is waiting for us to open up to the possibility that salvation and righteousness are there all around us, part of the very fabric of creation. And when we for the first time truly see that the earth and heavens are free of righteousness we will know what it means to be one of the created, a part of the whole creation that is overflowing with with the order of God. Salvation which has been here around us in the earth will come out into the open will be visible because we will be able to see. Salvation is like the new spring waiting to burst forth with life-giving freedom. Freedom is already here waiting, when we see salvation we will recognize and live a righteous life.
Creation is already blessed with a righteous life. The created order knows how to live in right relationship to God. The heavens and earth are receiving righteousness if we but see, if we but know. The call of this passage is for us to recognize what is and what will be. To see that how we are to live and how we are to relate to God is there, before our eyes waiting.
Creator of all, may we awaken to your salvation and burst forth with the new life of righteousness. Amen.