Good morning people whose integrity and uprightness releases God’s covering.
Psalms 25:20-21 NIV Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.
David asks the Lord to guard his life, to rescue him and to protect him. I think we can all agree that this is a good prayer that we have all prayed at times.
But I also see that David speaks into how the Lord does this.
Firstly, he repeatedly makes it clear that his hope is in the Lord. In other words, David acknowledges that his best is inadequate. David rightfully declares that he will take refuge in the Lord. This is a God-dependent prayer.
And secondly, David also acknowledges that integrity and uprightness will protect him. I need us to get this today.
The protection of God is not on those who live willful and compromising lives. Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee God’s protection. Why? Because God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. And a covenant is always between two people where both people have responsibilities.
In other words, the law of sowing and reaping applies to our lives. When we live by the principles of God – and by principles, I mean the absolute truth of God’s Word – then we can claim the promises of God, including His protection.
These are days of realignment for many in the church.
God will always be faithful to do His part, always. The question is, will we be faithful to do our part?