A Daily Devotional with David Olatona – INTEGRITY: WALKING YOUR TALK
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
Psalms 78:72 (KJV)
This is a beautiful tribute to the integrity and purity of the upright administration of David [except in the matter of Uriah – over which he bitterly repented of (Psalms 51:10-12)]. An instructive Psalm that is intended to enlighten the conduct, character and experience of believers in all ages.
Build your character, the first statement about David’s performance as King was about his integrity, not his ability, his military accomplishments or his victory over Goliath. Integrity is being the same inside and outside, there should be no double standards or justifications. Does your private life affect your public life? You must have character, don’t be a character. Character is built intentionally, one block at a time, by consistently making the right choices over and over again until they become a part of your nature.
This text was fulfilled in a much greater way in David’s Greater Son, Jesus the Messiah. David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first and then exalted (Isaiah 11:2-4; Isaiah 9:7) David’s heart mostly had integrity; the heart of Jesus was perfect in integrity. David guided Israel with great skill; Jesus leads His people with perfect skill. Believers are blessed to be under such a governance of Christ because it is God favour to His people. (Psalms 23:1-6)
Oh Lord, that I may walk in integrity of my heart and humility of my spirit all the days of my life – for Your greater praise and glory.
Without You, I can do nothing, help to stand right, enable me to be right standing. Sustain me with your power and your grace to do what I say.
1 Kings 15:5