Text: “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.”
Good morning, ‘Upright Christian! You and I view the Christian beliefs we hold as a constant instruction from God’s Word to be ‘upright’ in spirit; Christ-like in nature; and consistently filled with a yearning for moral and legal integrity before God. If we seek to hold steadfastly to this view, we do well my friend; the Lord loves an ‘upright’ believer.
“He that walketh (lives his/her live) in his uprightness feareth the Lord; but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth Him.” Proverbs 14:2)
Uprightness is the Divine character of the Living Lord God Jehovah - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Of all Beings, Divine and human, the Lord God is the ‘Most Upright’. Hallelujah! We praise Thee and bow before Thy Holy Uprightness, Lord God!
“The way of the just (justified by faith) is uprightness; Thou Most Upright, dost weigh (judge, discern) the path of the just.” (Isaiah 26:7)
“But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (entire lifestyle); because it is written: Be ye holy for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
What, therefore, is this concept of ‘uprightness’? In order to seek to BE upright, we must first fully understand what the word means; and then, with clearer understanding of what is required of us, we can more earnestly strive towards a consistent state of ‘uprightness’ in our lives and in our service to the ‘Most Upright’ Lord God. Amen?
The humble dictionary is always the true Christian’s friend - use it and find understanding; understand what you are studying, and find true wisdom!
Dictionary Definitions: Uprightly (adjective) in an upright manner; honestly; vertically. Uprightness: (noun) the state of being upright, and doing things uprightly, in an upright manner.
Therefore, IF the Lord God desires us to be like Him and He is ‘the Most Upright’, it follows that we too must seek to live our lives in an upright manner, full of integrity; and we shall be preserved by the Most Upright when we seek to do so, as our text this morning clearly informs us. “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.” (Psalm 25:21)
Dictionary Definition: Integrity - (noun) entireness, wholeness, the unimpaired state of anything; uprightness; honest; purity.
Thus we understand that to be ’upright’ is to be continually seeking to do, say, and think with a high degree of integrity; to seek to ’be right’ with God; to walk in fellowship with One Who is Holiness incarnate; to be filled with righteousness, not of ourselves, but of the One Who alone is truly and perfectly righteous - Jesus Christ.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have received, and heard, and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
This Scripture verse (above) taught by Paul to the believers at Philippi, encapsulates the concept of Spiritual uprightness and integrity that we seek to better understand and adhere to in our Christian lives. When we seek to order our lives according to the first part of the verse, we can claim the promise given at the end of the verse, ’…do; and the God of peace shall be with you.’
Verse 21. “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.“ If ’…the God of peace…’ is with us, then we are fully assured of His preservation. In this manner we now fully understand our Bible text for this morning from Psalm 25:21.
“…For I wait on Thee.” The notion of waiting used in every day waitings - waiting for a bus; waiting in line for service; waiting for our turn at some activity - is NOT the same as the waiting mentioned in Scripture. The waiting mentioned in Scriptures is more akin to ‘waiting on tables’ as a Waiter at a restaurant. It is working, not merely sitting around waiting for time to bring about an expected event. In this manner, we Christian believers should always seek to be waiting on the Lord - working and serving Him actively in our daily lives. Thus, “I waited patiently for the Lord (served Him consistently) and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:10