Repentance and Righteousness
The psalmist speaks of God's righteousness revealed in the law. He says it is the law that enables us to share in God’s righteousness. Bad things may happen, but God’s word will see us through. Jesus encounters Zacchaeus, a “chief” tax collector, and notorious sinner. But Jesus associates with him, and convinces him to change. Instead of condemning him, he brings change to his life.
Righteousness is contagious if we let God’s law work in our hearts.