This store name may give some potential clients pause! Considering the reaction of one’s mother to a tattoo may just dissuade some customers. But the billboard is very welcoming with the words, “Walk Ins Welcome.” Normally this means no appointment needed. Maybe no mental preparation either! Those three little words appeal to impulse buying and probably account for much of their sales. One is always welcomed to spend money!
Today’s verse is a psalm of praise for salvation. The gates of righteousness stand wide open for those who have cried out to God for His salvation (verse 21). Only those who have accepted Christ’s righteousness can enter these gates. On our own merits, no one can enter. We have no righteousness of our own (Eccl. 7:20). But our faith in the Righteous One and His sacrifice for sin is credited as righteousness (Rom. 4:5). We cannot just walk in. It is because of His righteousness those gates are opened. And for believers, a rich welcome awaits us into the eternal kingdom (II Peter 1:11).
The Lord is, “my one defense, my righteousness.” I can stand before those imposing gates of righteousness with full assurance. Not because of my efforts but because of His incredible grace to me! A rich welcome must mean that no one enters quietly or unnoticed. When I enter those gates it will be a warm home-coming marked with a rich welcome. It is rich because I will be greeted by friends and family who will have gone before me. But it will be especially rich when I am greeted and held in the warm embrace of the Savior!
Thank you Lord, that by Your righteousness I am welcomed!