Walk Your Talk

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Integrity

The psalmist describes how Israel was blessed of God over and over again and yet they rebelled against Him. The sin of idolatry appears and this wicked practice of the Canaanites was adopted by the people of the living God (vv. 59-60). Among the strategies God used to bring back His people was to let the Ark of the Covenant be captured by the Philistines (v. 60). General terms describe the havoc that prevailed as a result of God abandoning His people (vv. 61-64). Eventually God went to the aid of Israel, reversed their defeats, and once more defended them against their godless enemies (vv. 65-66). At Solomon’s death the northern tribes abandoned their allegiance to Jerusalem and went their own way (vv. 67-68). The building of the temple of Solomon is referred to (v 69).

We are told how God raised up from the tribe of Judah a boy named David (v. 70). He took this boy from the sheepfolds and place him on the throne of His people and he became one of the greatest rulers this world has ever known. Two descriptions of the leadership of David is given (v. 72):

  1. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart.” Integrity is not just believing in telling the truth but putting it into practice. It means living by the same standards whether anyone is watching or not.
  2. And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.” A Christian in public leadership needs to seek to do God’s will rather than bend to public opinion.

Application

Lord, help me to be a man of integrity and one who when I say something I will live by it. Also I want to be skillful and biblical in the way I deal with people.

Psalms 78:59-72 (English Standard Version)

When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a strong man shouting because of wine. And he put his adversaries to rout; he put them to everlasting shame. He rejected the tent of Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves. He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever. He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

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