“But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.” Psalm 26:11
It was a November day in Lubbock, Texas with a temperature that must have been in the 20’s and a strong north wind that you can only understand if you have been there. My dad had taken me to a high school football game. It was not an especially memorable day, but I remember because it was one of the first times that I was given a choice in how I lived my life. It was cold and I was given the choice of whether or not to wear a jacket. I will let you figure out which option I chose.
Prior to that day my dad would have insisted that I wear a jacket outside. After all, it was what was best for me. At this moment, though, I had a choice. I had a decision to make, and I made the wrong one. I was cold and miserable.
You’ve never made a wrong choice, have you?
Sometimes I think that life would be so much easier if we did not have to choose. If someone was there to make the right decision for us, we would never have to face the consequences caused by a bad decision. But that is not how life works.
As men we have choices to make every day. Virtually every aspect of our lives demands us to make choices. In fact, The Lord requires nothing less of us.
David was a man who had many choices to make. He had to choose to honor authority when it made sense not to, and to walk with integrity at times when most men would not. It is in this context that he writes:
But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity.
David had a choice. God did not force him to live a life of integrity. You need look no further than the many times he fell into traps of anger, adultery and even murder to see that the choice was his. He fell short, but he understood something that many men today do not:
We have to choose, every day, to walk in our integrity.
What choice do you have in front of you today when it comes to your integrity? Whatever it may be for you, the fact remains that we have to purposefully choose integrity every single day.
It didn’t take long for my Dad to see that I was miserable. Surely, I had made a bad decision but my Dad did not leave me stranded. When I finally admitted my mistake to him, he turned around and grabbed a coat for me to wear.
Our Heavenly Father is so gracious. When we make bad decisions he is there for us, but not to condemn us. He instead comes alongside us with another choice; a better choice.
…He will not leave you or forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6
The amazing thing about our God is that this promise holds just as true in our failures as in our successes. He’s with you, friend, even when your decision-making fails.
So, will you join me today in making the decision that as for us, we shall walk in our integrity?