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Three of our passages today speak on honesty and integrity.


Psalm 26 has David asking the Lord to vindicate him for having integrity and trust in the Lord without wavering. He asks the Lord to evaluate his inner thoughts and motives. He does not associate with deceitful men or consort with those who are dishonest. He does not associate with the wicked, but maintains a pure lifestyle so he can appear before the Lord's altar to give thanks and praise the Lord for His amazing deeds. He asks for rescue and mercy from the Lord.


Proverbs 6:16-18 lists six things the Lord hates which includes a lying tongue, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.


Matthew 21:28-32 is a parable from Jesus about a man with two sons. One said he wouldn't go and work in the vineyard as requested, but changed his mind and went. The other said he would go, but didn't. The second one being the one that fulfilled his father's will since it resulted in actions, not just empty words.


Let each of us follow David's lead by striving to live holy lives grounded on honesty and integrity. Let us ask God to evaluate our thoughts and inner motives, and enable us through the power of the Holy Spirit to live our lives to be a light to those around us and to honor and obey the Lord for all He has done for us.


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A 2013 LifeWay Research survey of 2,930 Protestant churchgoers found that outside of church worship, the Bible was read every day (19%), a few times a week (26%), once a week (14%), at least once a month (22%), and rarely or never (18%). Even in our churches, we have a serious case of Bible illiteracy.


Did the psalmist have a copy of the scriptures that he could read daily? I don't know, but God's Word made a huge impact on him. Psalm 119 is a remarkable chapter with 150 verses written as an acrostic in sections for each Hebrew letter with each verse in each section starting with that letter. Every verse relates the writer's dedication and commitment to the Word of God. The letters for today (vss 49-64) are Zayin and Khet. Here are some of the thoughts as prayers:

* Your word gives hope.

* Your promises revive me.

* I don't turn aside from your word.

* I am consoled by your word.

* I am angry at those who reject your word.

* Your statutes are my song.

* I will keep your law.

* I observe your precepts.

* I will follow your instructions.

* I keep your commands eagerly and without delay.

* I do not forget your law.

* I thank you for your just regulations.

* Teach me your statutes.


The apostle Paul summarizes scripture in 2 Tim 3:16-17, "Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work." (NET)


Father, help us to love your Word as the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119. Help us to daily read, study, and meditate on it. Help us to memorize, teach, and obey it through the power of your Holy Spirit working through us. We love you, worship you, and thank you for your Word!


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