Proven, Tried and Tested

from Lynda Lindsey

Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. Psalm 26:1-3

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. Psalm 26:11

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food. Job 23:10-12

People of integrity unwaveringly adhere to an inner moral or spiritual compass that demonstrates authenticity and genuineness in daily living. People of integrity live true to their beliefs; their actions match their verbal profession. Followers of the Lord God endeavor to live with integrity, melding an internal and external consistency of life involving both the heart and the mind or intellect. We want the living out of our days to prove to a watching world that God’s grace is foundational to holy living. 

The Psalmist confidently asks God to clear his name, to vindicate him from false accusations of deceit and unfaithfulness, to prove, try and test him. How could David be confident that God would vindicate and acquit him? David knew himself; David knew he was a man of integrity, a man following hard after God. David knew God and God’s character: God is trustworthy, merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. David knew to whom he belonged, a heart-knowing God; David trusted God and was unafraid to put his life in God’s hands. 

Bread making involves a process of proving or proofing the yeast to make sure it is viable and active. It is worth the extra time involved to ensure the bread rises well and develops a robust flavor. David asked God to prove him, try him, test him, to show definitive proof that he, David, was walking as a man of integrity. Job also laid claim to the fact that he followed a God who knew his way, his every step. Job insisted that when his trial was over, he would come out as gold. Proven, tried, tested, redeemed. Vindicate us, O Lord; we too desire that our life be proof of your grace!