READ PSALM 26
“Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.” (Ps. 26:1)
The pricelessness of integrity is most evident when a blameless man is slandered. When David was crushed under the weight of false accusations, he expected God to clear his name. While all have sinned, those who have taken every step to enjoy a clear conscience—repentance, confession, and faith—and continued to walk with God in holiness of heart and life, will be able to say, “prove me, O LORD, and try me, test my heart and my mind” (Ps. 26:2) in the hour of accusation. It is comforting to be able to open one’s whole life to God and one’s accusers and insist, “show me what I have done.”
During painful times when our character is called into question, it is important that we rest in the character of God and look to him as our vindicator. There is only so much that we can do to clear our name, and false accusers are often shameless and incorrigible. Like David, we must look to God’s just character, thorough knowledge of the situation, and sovereign ability to work all things together for our good.
The moving picture of David as a broken man after the rebellion of his son Absalom finds a climax when Shimei curses David, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man!” (2 Sam. 16:7). David refused the advice of those who urged him to retaliate, and insisted, “It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today” (2 Sam. 16:12).
Jesus assured us, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mt. 5:11-12). Our responsibility is to say with the psalmist, “My foot stands on level ground” (Ps. 26:12)—to be steady and resolve, “as for me, I shall walk in my integrity” (Ps. 26:11).