In PSALM 26, David seeks the Lord to confirm his claim to personal integrity in the face of false accusations. In verses
2-3; (Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; by my reins and my heart. For thy loving kindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth PSALM 26:2,3) where he invites the Lord to examine his life and attest to his integrity.
But what was the basis of his claim to personal integrity? The answer is in verses 4-8; I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. I will wash mine hands in innocency: so I will compass thine alter, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. (PSALM 26:4-8)
In Scripture, to sit with certain people means to belong to that group and to partake in their actions (cf. PSALM 1). In other words, the evidence of David's integrity was the fruit he produced in his daily life.
He highlights his works as evidence of integrity simply because integrity as a character trait is invisible. God sees it, but men don't.
My friends, claiming integrity isn't enough; we need to show it in practice. Claiming to be redeemed by Jesus Christ isn't enough; we need to show our faith and transformation by our works of mercy and love. People need the Lord; they need to see Jesus Christ through us!
CHALLENGE: Today find someone who needs encouragement and do something to show Christ's mercy and love in you!
SONG: People Need The Lord
SUNG BY: Judy