Six times in these eight verses, the psalmist uses the words right, righteous, and righteousness. Many people in our society today associate the word “righteousness” with self-righteousness, but here it has no such negative connotations. The psalmist sees righteousness as something to celebrate, because God always does what is right, and gives people guidance on how they also can do what is right.
Paul is so delighted at the spiritual progress of the Thessalonian Christians that he tells other church about their growing faith and love. That doesn’t mean they have “arrived,” however, or that they will be certain to keep on as they have been. So he continues to pray for them, that God will complete His work in them, to the glory of Jesus Christ.
Zacchaeus wasn’t the sort of person most Jews thought a man of God would want to associate with. He collaborated with the enemy, the Roman forces of occupation. And he got very rich by doing so. We don’t know exactly why Jesus picked Zacchaeus to go visit. But the story reminds us that none of us is so good we don’t need Jesus, and none of us is so bad that Jesus cannot save us.