Walk with integrity

Walk with integrity, do what’s right, and speak the truth.

That sounds like a pretty tall order doesn’t it?

These are actually God’s requirements of us, in order for us to worship Him.  In Psalm 15, the question is asked, “Who may abide in Your tent, O Lord?  Who may dwell on Your holy hill?”

Three answers are given in verse two:  “He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”

No one automatically walks in integrity, works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.  These are lessons a person learns by following the Holy Spirit over a life time of experience, especially given that the devil works hard to tempt us into following fleshly desires constantly.

Only as one says “no” to temptation, and complies to the leading of the Holy Spirit, over and over again, does he/she become tempered in these three areas of life.

Let’s take a brief look at these three requirements that God gives us, which are explained and expounded upon in the following verses of Psalm 15.

Number One – What is walking in integrity? 

It is refusing to put down another person with our words, when we have an opportunity to elevate ourselves.  It is doing good to others, and for others, when we have an opportunity to take advantage of them.  It is refusing to hold a grudge against another person in the family of God, even when we think we have some reason to.

“He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;” (Psalm 15:3)

Number Two – What is working righteousness? 

It is calling sin “foul;” taking a stand for what is right.  It is protecting the reputation of those who try to serve the Lord.  It is defending some poor, or young, or old person when they cannot protect themselves.

“In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;” (Psalm 15:4)

Number Three – What is speaking the truth? 

It is keeping your word, even when you have to turn the other cheek, or go that second mile.  It is refusing to profit from someone else’s loss dishonestly.  It is being honest with yourself before a holy, omniscient God.

“He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15:5)

Walk closer with the Lord, Jesus Christ, today, and take time to ponder Psalm 15.  You will be all the better for it.

Pastor Gene

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