A Season of Psalms - Psalm 101:2-4
“I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
When Ted Williams was forty years old and at the end of his career with the Boston Red Sox, he was suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck. For the first time in his career, he batted under .300, hitting just .254 with ten home runs. He was the highest paid player in all of sports that year, making $125,000. The next year, the Red Sox sent him the exact same contract, but he promptly sent it back to them with a note saying he was being offered a contract that he didn’t deserve. His output on the field did not match the amount of money the club was offering for his services, and the only way he would play was if they reduced the salary on his contract. The club complied, and Williams cut his own salary by $31,000!
Ted Williams lived what he knew to be right. So did King David when he wrote Psalm 101. For David, his integrity was everything. He lived his faith with integrity. The word “integrity” here means “whole, complete, undivided.” He prayed in Psalm 86:11 that his heart would be undivided in serving and fearing the Lord. In his book Intentional Integrity, Garnett Reid says “integrity is more than living consistently; it’s a bedrock commitment to the truth of God’s character as He reveals Himself.” David’s life was bound up in God, and the natural result was integrity. Look at Job. He refused to curse God or look lustfully at women. He lived with complete integrity of heart, and God blessed Him with abundance.
Warren Wiersbe: “The highest reward for a faithful life is not what you get for it but by what you become by it.” What will you become today?
Further Reading: Job 31; Romans 1:18-32
Pray with me:
Speak to my heart today, Lord Jesus. May I hold fast to the truth which enables me to be the same person, even when no one is looking. Lord, You’re all I want, You’re all I’ve ever needed. Help me know You are near. In Jesus’ name, Amen.