Today you should read: Psalm 26
Divine Grace…the foundation of holy living
Today’s Psalm has a significant theme of righteous living. It is not arrogance because it shows its foundation in divine grace! We see a pure heart here, as is evidenced in the prayer of verse 2. This Psalm is a claim to innocence and a cry of vindication, but let’s look deeper today!
God’s grace in our lives is the foundation of righteous living. Titus 2:11-12 shows us that it is God’s grace that teaches us to say no to unrighteousness! We see this same idea in verses 3 and 11. Verse 3 says, “FOR,” meaning the reason I walk with integrity is because of your “steadfast love.” Verse 11 is crazy! Look at the contrast there. It says, “but as for me, I shall walk in MY integrity.” It almost looks like he is determined to pull himself up by his own bootstraps and get it done…but he is not! Right after his claim to walk with integrity, he acknowledges God and the necessity of His grace to do so. WOW!
Is grace motivating you to obey? Is it the absolute foundation of your holy living? Is your obedience in light of Christ? Are you determined, but still humbling yourself to acknowledge that God’s grace is your fuel?
That’s great stuff!! But there is more. It’s a gut-churner. Verse 2 shows how pure His heart for obedience truly is. It says, “prove me O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” WOW! That is a risky prayer, but it demonstrates a true and genuine desire to live for God.
So how about you? Can you pray that prayer in verse 2? Will you pray it today? Right now? Right after you are done reading it? Pray that today, and remember that God is gracious and faithful; it will fuel you to obey.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione