How Psalm 101 Teaches Us to Live a Life of Integrity

Last week, my husband’s parents came and visited us for a bit. Their lives have been marked by integrity, and the generations after them have been blessed. As I’ve was thinking about how God has used their integrity, I read Psalm 101. In this delightful short psalm, David gives us very specific choices we can make to live a life of integrity.

3 Heart Choices You Can Make to Live a Life of Integrity:

Praise God for His love and goodness continually.

“I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing” (Ps. 101:1).

The Hebrew word for “praise” that’s used here speaks to a celebration, praising God with song. Really, every day should be a celebration of God’s amazing love and goodness. What if you began every day by thanking God and praising Him for His love and goodness in your life? My guess is that you would live a more positive life, and you’d be on your way to a life of integrity. When we focus on God’s love rather than on all the things that go wrong in life, we’re more likely to make positive decisions. The next time you’re tempted to complain or gripe about something, shift your focus to God’s faithful love. Watch how your spirit grows more joyful almost instantly.

Be careful what you set your sights on.

“I will set no wicked thing before my eyes” (Ps. 101:3a).

Don’t get me wrong, I love that we live in the age of the internet. We can research any topic instantly. But we need to be careful what we set our sights on. We need a heart of discernment with the media. Sometimes even the news is so graphic and argumentative that we need to shut it off. When you’re watching, ask yourself, “Is this helping me follow Jesus more closely, or is it creating anxiety, worry, fear or lust in me?”

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SOURCE: Charisma Mag, Becky Harling