God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 26

GOD’S GRACE IS YOUR LEVEL GROUND

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
(Psalm 26:11-12)

Integrity is a theme that comes up all throughout the Psalms and Proverbs.  It is a consistency of action and behavior, a harmony between what you say and what you do and a life lived according to God’s principles.

We see that this kind of life produces blessing and favor, and it is this kind of life that provides the “level ground” we all need in order to build a life of stability and peace.

Too bad it’s impossible.

To live with 100% integrity all the time, in all circumstances sounds like a great goal, but it’s one you can never reach on your own.  Try as hard as you like, but somewhere, sometime, in some circumstance you’ll find even the best of intentions can go wrong.

That’s why we need God’s grace!

It is only when we stop trusting in our own efforts and abilities that we can discover God’s power at work in us.  It is only after we’ve laid down the reigns and handed over the keys that God can take our life and steer it in the right direction, permanently.

Friend, have you been trying to find some level ground in your life?  Have you been working hard to live with total integrity but find yourself struggling?  Take heart!

Ask God for His power and let go of your right to control.  Don’t depend on your own efforts to work things out for you, trust in His mercy and love.  As you do, you’ll find hope in the reality of this truth: God’s grace is your level ground.

-Pastor Phillip


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