“But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.”
One of the greatest needs of every generation are people of integrity. Without integrity, a church will never make an impact on their city. Without integrity, a person will never be able to influence people to do right. Without integrity, a society will be destroyed. It is imperative for the sake of Christ that believers are people of integrity. However, to be a person of integrity cannot be explained in just one sentence or definition. Psalm 26 shows several characteristics that define a person of integrity.
First, a person of integrity will trust the LORD. In verse 1, the psalmist said that he “trusted also in the LORD.” You cannot be a person of integrity by trusting yourself to always know what to do. At best, you are a sinner whose ability to discern and know what to do in every situation is tainted by your sinful desires. You must learn to trust the LORD in every situation if you want to be a person of integrity.
Second, a person of integrity makes principled decisions. The psalmist says in verse 2, “…try my reins…” The reins of an individual is what guides them in everything they do. You cannot be a person of integrity without making principled decisions. You must be careful about who or what you let to influence you, because who or whatever influences you dictates the direction of your decisions.
Third, a person of integrity has a heart that matches their actions. Verse 2 continues to say, “…try my reins and my heart.” You will find that a person of integrity is the same all the time. You will never surprise a person of integrity because they don’t live two lives; rather, they do in private what they say or display in public.
Fourth, a person of integrity is truthful. The psalmist says in verse 3, “…I have walked in thy truth.” One of the glaring evidences of a person of integrity is that their word can always be trusted. A person of integrity does what they say they are going to do even if it means it will hurt them. People of integrity are not as interested if what they say benefits them as much as they are with being concerned with being truthful all the time — your ability to keep your word parades to others the degree of your character and integrity.
Fifth, a person of integrity avoids the wrong crowd. You will never find a person of integrity running with people who do wrong or are out to destroy others. You can’t have integrity and have the wrong friends at the same time. You become who you spend time with, and people of integrity understand that their associations will destroy their character. One of the greatest indicators of your integrity is to look at your friends and what they do for they reveal to you the extent of your integrity.
Sixth, a person of integrity is thankful towards the LORD. The “voice of thanksgiving” is commonplace for the person of integrity. You cannot have integrity and be ungrateful at the same time. A person of integrity is thankful because they never focused on what they want, but they are focused on what truth tells them to do.
Seventh, a person of integrity loves being in church. You can be assured that people who avoid church lack integrity. Church helps you to build your character; therefore, your desire to be in church will intensify when you have integrity.