Reading through the Bible together
David asks the Lord to put him through a three-point inspection, to look him over carefully, check his mind, and check his heart. He even provides the Lord with a list of his better qualities, in case it might help during the inspection:
I walk in integrity.
I trust the Lord.
The Lord’s mercy is before my eyes.
I walk in your truth.
I did not sit down with idolatrous idols,
I do not mingle with hypocrites.
I hate evildoers.
I will not sit with the wicked.
If you were to make a list of all your good qualities to discuss with the Lord, would it be similar to David’s?
There is no mistaking of David’s intent—he wants to live in the house of the Lord, the place where the Glory of the Lord dwells. And he does not want to be placed in the same category with sinners or “bloodthirsty men” in spite of the fact that as a spiritual leader, he has taken combative positions against destructive powers and the dark side of spiritual forces. Although a spiritual leader may make a bad choice or make mistakes, spiritual leaders also rise to the occasion, adopt courageous stands, and distinguish themselves through integrity and service.
My favorite part of this passage is the last verse, verse 12: “My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the Lord.” With the Lord’s guidance and help, He provides the balance we all need to walk through the battles, difficulties, and temptations, and come out on solid footing.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Southern Adventist University