Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Psalm 26 Keeping Our Moral Integrity

KEY TEXT: Psalms 26:4-8 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

KEY THOT: The company we keep will determine the condition of our heart and shape its attitudes and motivations. The psalmist here says he does not "sit with men of falsehood" nor does he "consort with hypocrites". In fact, he "hate the assembly of evildoers" and "will not sit with the wicked". The apostle Paul affirms this wisdom when he writes in 1 Corinthians 15:33, "Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals." While we are called to be live among unbelievers in order to reach them, we are also warned about adopting their values and worldviews. Instead of the company of ungodly, we should seek out the assembly of the godly in God's house of worship: "O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells." Instead of spending time in fellowship with the ungodly, we should spend more time in God's presence among the godly so that we may pick up godly morals and motivations to resist the ungodly influence in the marketplace of moral relativism.

If we want to resist the pressures of the ungodly, we must make time to be in the company of the godly who assembles in prayer and worship. That is why prayer and care group meetings can have such positive influence in helping us keep our moral integrity in the marketplace. It's not just bible knowledge alone that keeps us holy; it is godly attitudes rubbed on us as we interact with the godly people. Those who commit themselves to meet and mix with godly company regularly in worship & prayer where God's glory dwells will be empowered to resist compromise with unethical practices. Jesus says, "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41). 

Hebrews 10:24-25 also exhorts believers to "stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." In these last days, as wickedness increases, believers must guard themselves against compromise with sins through ungodly company. If our place of work engages in unethical and immoral practices, we must call them out and be ready to quit in order to stay uncompromisingly ethical. If we remain, we will soon compromise our moral integrity and adopt the ungodly practices of the company as "norm". 

Once our moral integrity is compromised, we have lost our witness as Christian. And the unbelievers will hold us up as reason why they do not want to know Christ.

Abba-Father, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. 

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