“I Walk in My Integrity”

Text: Psalm 26

Reflection and Question: This psalm is attributed to David, the greatest King of Israel, and much blessed in military victory, conquest and rise from shepherd boy to king. The writer certainly expresses a huge confidence in his or her own faithfulness, integrity, innocence and worthiness. We know that David was not so purely righteous, that he did upon occasion “sit with the wicked,” as in the stories of Bathsheba and the murder of Absalom. But in the end, really, whether worthless or worthy, the prayer is the same: “Redeem me, and be gracious to me.” In what way can you say to God, “I walk in my integrity?”

Prayer: Test me, O God, and try me; examine my heart and my mind.
For your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you.
As for me, I will live with integrity; redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
My foot stands on level ground; in the full assembly I will bless God. Amen.
(Psalm 26, The Book of Common Worship, p.638)

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).