“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” (Psalms 119:1-2 NLT)
This is both the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. It may have been written by Ezra after the Temple was rebuilt (Ezra 6:14, 15) as a repetitive meditation on the beauty of God’s Word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in faith. Psalm 119 has 22 carefully constructed sections, each corresponding to a different letter in the Hebrew alphabet and each verse beginning with the letter of its section. Almost every verse mentions God’s Word. Such repetition was common in the Hebrew culture. People did not have personal copies of the Scriptures to read as we do, so God’s people memorized his Word and passed it along orally. The structure of this psalm allowed for easy memorization. Remember, God’s Word, the Bible, is the only sure guide for living a pure life. (Tyndal Study Bible)
How interesting what David is saying here is…
If you remember, I spoke about your conscience bothering you. If you do things and act with integrity, your conscience won’t bother you. Again I am amazed by the Bible. It is a perfect handbook even for the unbeliever to live by. Have you ever done everything on time and all your work and chores is up to date? Your conscience does not bother then. You have a clear head and nothing small in the back of your mind. This is tough to achieve.
When acting in this way, you will free yourself of guilt and self-condemnation as well. That is why the Christian has such inner peace. Yes, in the world we will constantly be tested, having faith is the only way.
I have a friend who is going through a tough time at work. My advice for him is to keep doing what you always have done – your best. One thing I learned in sales you need no’s as well, not just orders. How are you going to improve? Just remember nobody can take away your skill-set. This, of course, applies to everyone. What’s more, we have the talent and ability to learn more. Most importantly, we have the Bible.
You will be tested to the point of wanting to give up. That’s exactly what the devil wants. I encourage you and everyone else not to give up or give in. You only fail when you give up. Never stop trying to improve. Keep on trying you have not given up. This as integrity is liberating as well.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining; find it.
Integrity leads to joyfulness.
“Lord I pray for your strength to never give up. Amen”