Walking in God’s Faithfulness
by Zack Howard
What is our focus? Life is busy and distracting. Because of that, we may find ourselves losing focus on our main goal as Christians: walking in the faithfulness of God. We have to be careful of that, because if that focus changes then our spiritual lives will change as well—for the worse. If we understand that possibility, we can find comfort in Psalm 26—where David tells us the pitfalls of not focusing on God, and what our lives should look like if we are focused on God. David shows us how our lives should be focused on God’s faithfulness.
1. David’s spirituality is fueled by God’s steadfast love.
In verse 3 of this psalm, we see David tell us why he focuses on God. “3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.” David is fueled by the steadfast love God shows. Steadfast love is a care that never wavers, and always looks to guide us to safety and help. David uses this to fuel his daily walk. But what does this look like to us? In my life, what I view as most important fuels my thinking, my actions, and my drive. If I view God’s steadfast love as most important, then my actions will reflect that. I will submit myself to his will, and praise his glory. This will affect how I treat everyone in my life—coworkers, classmates, strangers. Allowing God’s steadfast love to fuel my life centers me on his grace—and reminds me that I have work to do in him.
2. David invites God’s inspection of his heart.
After David hits on what he is fueled by, he then writes what it causes him to ask. “2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind…11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12 My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord (26.2, 11-12).” David invites the inspection of his heart. He wants God to see his devotion to righteousness. He wants his life to be a pleasing sacrifice to God, full of praise and glory towards God (7,12). Inviting the inspection of his heart means David is prepared for the test. How? By fueling his actions with God’s steadfast love, and walking in God’s faithfulness. This is our aim: to be prepared and inviting of God’s inspection. If we are prepared, then we have nothing to worry about when the inspection comes. If we are unprepared, then the inspection will always frighten us. We must be prepared and accepting of God’s inspection of our hearts.
3. David separates himself from wicked people.
David then closes his praise to God by showing what he separates himself from. “4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. 5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked…9 Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, 10 in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.” David separates himself from the wicked people of the world, being fearful of their consequences at the end. He does not want to be grouped and punished for sinful actions, and so he avoids that. He is able to separate himself, because he remembers what he is fueled by and what he prepares himself for. We must be able to separate ourselves from sinfulness and wickedness. This may mean severing ties with someone who is focused on sin and worldly pleasure. If we are fueled by God’s faithfulness and preparing for inspection, then we are getting rid of the sinful ties that pull us away from God.
Psalm 26 is David’s personal plan to stay with God. Because he plans to be with God, he is fueled by steadfast love, prepared and inviting of inspection, and separated from wickedness. We must plan like David does and ask ourselves, “Do I live for God or for the world?”