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“Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.” Psalm 26:1
What that verse is simply saying is similar to what Paul saI’d in Ephesians 6:13-18, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…”
David said, I have walked in my integrity; meaning he was honest and had principles. He did not only trust in the Lord but God’s Word had become his own moral principles. When you decide to stand, stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness – with the complete armour of God.
David said, “Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity,” and he told us what that is;
- I have walked in thy truth, Psalm 26:3
- I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers, Psalm 26:4
- I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked, Psalm 26:5
- I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord, Psalm 26:6
- Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth, Psalm 26:8
And he makes this declaration too;
“But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.” Psalm 26:11
He said, “I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.” For him trusting in the Lord; going to church, to be told what to do, reading the the bible, etc., is just there to guide him, that he should not slide, otherwise he’s already determined to keep God’s laws without wavering. In Psalm 57:7 he says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
Your heart also should be fixed, should be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. But to do this, you need to walk in what David called ‘mine own integrity,’ that of God’s approval and in truth. David said to the Lord, “For I have taken your loving-kindness and your truth as my ideals.” Psalm 26:3
Judge me, O Lord
Tell you what, allow God to judge you, and treat that as is His loving kindness towards you – it’s favour because He rebukes the one loves. David said in Psalm 26:2, “Cross-examine me, O Lord, and see that this is so; test my motives and affections too.” You also after you’ve seen that this is so; do it and you shall be blessed.