Read Psalm 26
“But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful and gracious to me.”
Do you ever find it encouraging to see that a great king, known to be a man after God’s own heart, struggled? Where on earth did we get the idea that a really good leader is always confident and strong? Through the Psalms, it is clear that at times David had strongly negative emotions – emotions that could lead to wrong actions.
In Psalm 26, David refers to evildoers in passing, but he makes it clear where he will choose to focus. He left his own vindication in the hands of the Lord, and instead of going into some kind of personal war with people, he asked God to expose the shortcoming of his own heart and mind. He drew his satisfaction from abiding in the Vine and chose personal integrity – no matter what.
How about you? Do you have anyone ‘making war’ with you? If you don’t, you will. These are the times that our belief or lack of belief in God’s care and sovereignty become clear.
God’s ability to defend and vindicate you is absolute. He gives grace to the humble but opposes the proud. Making a choice to allow God to deal with others while we seek cleansing and integrity requires humility. David’s life is a clear example of how faithful and powerful God is to take care of us.
Can you choose to respond with humble choices for integrity and cleansing and believe God to take care of you? What and why not?