This Thanksgiving weekend I will be brief and single-minded, not always easy for a mind that seems to race! Recently I was reading through the “Kings” and was struck by this verse:
“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:” (1 Kings 9:4)
The LORD was speaking with Solomon, instructing him, after-all, was this not what Solomon requested: WISDOM?
Note that in this verse that Good referred to David’s integrity and uprightness. David also valued these very traits because he believed they would preserve his life, reflected in the following verse:
“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.” (Psalms 25:21).
That short verse sounds like a promise to me.
When we make mistakes in our lives, we tend to remember those and we chastise ourselves for – sometimes – the rest of of our lives. We tell ourselves we are unworthy to serve God, to be named among His children. For a child off God to live in the past is tantamount to putting your light under a bushel. (Hiding Jesus from the world!)
David did not hide his light.
God used David as an example of a man that walked in integrity of heart and in uprightness. David kept the statutes of God and was obedient. David learned how to ask forgiveness to repentance. This gave him the peace and strength to proceed. He did not allow his sin to weaken the life and roles God gave him.
One of my favorite verses when I am struggling with sin is Psalms 51:10. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)
David’s prayer of Psalm 51 was clearly answered and David had faith enough to believe it and to move forward.
I have pondered tDavid’s integrity the past couple of weeks. God defined David’s life to Solomon. David was a man of integrity.
One of the best ways to teach our children is to live our lives with the integrity the Bible speaks of. Without exception, each person has made bad choices in their lives. The difference between David and Solomon was integrity. David chose to return and stay near God. It seems that Solomon did not return to integrity of heart regularly.
Studying the life of David and learning his habits will surely lead us in a life that Good will reward.
I L-O-V-E today’s quote! It makes integrity sound exciting, fun!
Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity. Chuck Swindoll
Before digital books, specifically audio books were available I read very little fiction. Now I find I enjoy fiction when I am doing tasks that are mundane or unpleasant. This past week I listened to one that was a pleasant diversion. Near the end of the book, the simplicity of the gospel was shared in a way that would be relevant today. The author, Grace Livingston Hill, vividly and lovingly, explained the error of the way of “works” as a means to eternal life. The book is called THE SEARCH and is now public domain, as it was written in the early 1900’s. This means that with a little effort it can likely be found free on the internet.