I Walk In My Integrity

This meditation is based on a passage for October 28, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 26

Reflection and Question: The New Oxford Annotated Bible calls this psalm a Prayer for Justice, though the word “justice” does not appear in the poem. More precisely, the psalmist asks to be “vindicated” or “justified” which is little different from what I learned about justice in Sunday School. This speaker is awfully confident about God’s grace and relies on his walking in integrity and faithfulness, not with the worthless or the wicked. It is difficult for me to imagine anyone so sure of themselves, so I work at keeping God’s steadfast love before my eyes. On that the poet and I agree. What does justice mean to you?

Prayer: Speak on my behalf, O Beloved, for I would choose the path of wholeness,
Trusting in your love without reserve.
May my heart be as your Heart; May my mind be as your Mind —
As your steadfast love guides me, As I live in faithfulness to You.
(Nan Merrill, Psalms for Praying, p.45)