I remember when I had to explain to a grown woman, someone in their 50’s, what it meant to have integrity. So I asked them a few questions: Can people count on you to do what you say that you are going to do? It also is being responsible for your own actions. Do you treat people the way you want to be treated? Do you apologize when you are wrong? A person with integrity can be counted on because they step up.
Verse 1 – I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
Verse 2 – I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Are you as kind to those who live in your house as you are to people at church or in the work place? Do you spend time with the Lord at home? What we practice at home, will show up in public.
Verse 3 – I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
David must have written this before he gazed down on Bathsheba taking a bath in the moonlight. We, as Christians, should be very cautious of what we watch on TV and look at on the internet. What you feed your spirit through the eye-gate will grow.
Verse 4 – A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.
Wouldn’t it be great not to have seen all the things we have seen by the time we are 60? Some things just “pop up” but we don’t have to go looking for it to look at or watch.
Verse 5 – Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure.
Verse 6 – My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
We all have associates and people we call friends, but should we follow their actions? They will influence each one of us in a good way or a bad way. People of integrity will choose their friends wisely.
Verse 7 – He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Have you ever had to cut ties with a friend or family member that were always trying to deceive you or could not tell the truth? We are better off to not have any dealings with them. They lack integrity.
Verse 8 – Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all evil doers from the city of the Lord.
When David wrote this verse, it was a direct command from God.
Jeremiah 21:12 – ‘O house of David! Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go out like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”