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(From Scripture Union)


Mighty God, You are my Creator and Sustainer, my Help and my Guide. How great, how majestic, how wonderful You are!


I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. 2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. 3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. 5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. 6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. 7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. 8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity.



Integrity is "the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles… the state of being whole and undivided" (dictionary definition). In his idealistic prayer for his personal and public life, David seeks integrity. Integrity is desperately needed today in personal lives and in public leadership.

Think Further

People the world over look for integrity in their leaders. It must have been the same in the days of King David—and even if it wasn’t, David knew that God would look for it in his life. If, as many believe, this psalm was written by David as he came to the throne, it sets before us the promises he makes and the standards he sets for himself as he takes up the kingship. God looks for integrity in the lives of all of his people. If I am called to be a leader in my church, my workplace or my home, these truths apply to me too. Indeed, the principles David sets out here apply to each one of us, however important or unimportant we might seem to be in the world’s eyes, and in every aspect of our lives. David knows that the key to such a life is to have the Lord at the center, so the psalm begins with praise to God and meditation on his attributes (1) and ends with concern for the people of God (6–8). We too will be better citizens in this world as we bear in mind that we are first and foremost citizens of another. Verse 2 shows us that David will aim at nothing short of blamelessness and that he knows that this begins at home, not at the door of his workplace. Guarding his eyes (3) will help protect his heart (4), as will being careful about the company that he keeps (3,5,7). Furthermore, the fellowship of other faithful believers will be an invaluable aid to living in the way of perfection (6). The "every morning" of the last verse reminds us that these things will be his daily priority. They need to be ours too!


What makes an effective leader according to this psalm? What did Jesus have to say about leadership (cf. Luke 22:24–26)? In what ways are you a leader?


Mighty God, I need Your help to meditate on Your mercy and justice and to be a person of integrity in all that I do and say.

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