After declaring that God is the owner and maker of creation (Psalm 24:1-2), David addressed the question of who can meet with God for worship (Psalm 24:3). Only the person who entrusts himself to God can be assured of fellowship with him.
Of the person who trusts Yahweh, David says:
“He will receive blessing from the LORD
and righteousness from the God of his salvation”
The parallelism identifies the “blessing” as “righteousness.” David is describing justification! In Psalm 24:4, the sinner believes in God instead of idols, so God counts his faith as righteousness.
God is called the God “of his salvation,” and he alone rightly fits such a phrase. As the God who saves, he gives what only he can give–righteousness. In fact, to receive righteousness from the God of salvation is to receive salvation.
Because our sin separates us from the holy Creator God whom we should worship, righteousness is what we need. And since sinful man could never earn such righteousness through futile moral striving, the declaration of righteousness is a gift we receive. Grace!
Those who trust in God don’t wait until the last day to be declared right with him. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Now.