Loss of Integrity: Abandonment of Values

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1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

David, King of Israel, seems to have had “loving kindness / steadfast love” (hesed) as one of his deep defining values. When he lived divided from this heart value, he drifted and then moved swiftly into disaster.  When he lived close to it we observe him as a diligent shepherd, loyal friend, inspirational leader, and a shrewd king. When he got away from the most noble values formed by God in his character, David fails, commits breathtaking and callus acts of corrupted power, lust, murder, and deceit. (2 Samuel 11 – 12)

When David came to his senses and repented, he relied on God’s, as He is the true uncorrupted One of “loving kindness.”

How is it with you? What are the most noble values rooted deep in your story and heart? Are you living close to them? Have you come to moment in your life when your loss of integrity drives you to the Cross of Jesus for healing and forgiveness?

O God, Have mercy on me, according to your lovingkindness!

The Voice

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32And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! 1 Samuel 25:32-33

What’s your capacity for hearing the voice of wisdom?

David was on long journey to become King of Israel. A seventeen year journey.

But now the one who tapped him for the job was dead. Samuel had died.

Now he’s leading a ragtag group of misfits and malcontents.

600 of them. And they must be fed.

Now he’s living in the desert with so many things unsure.

Now he’s being hunted by Saul the King of Israel.

Now he’s been shamed and dissed by Nabal.

Now he’s wondering what’s the use of persisting in doing good.

Now he’s out for blood; and honour; and stuff.

But God intervened.

He sent a voice of wisdom.

He sent Abigail.

She humbled herself. Fell at David’s feet.

She reminded David of God’s hand on his life.

She reminded David of God’s hand to provide.

She reminded David of God’s promise to establish his throne.

She reminded David that their future was linked.

She reminded David of how the stain of revenge would never leave him.

The Voice of Wisdom.

We need this voice of wisdom.

We are so short-sighted in our views, attitudes, and actions.

So Jesus comes to us as the voice of wisdom.

God’s wisdom from above.

Jesus intercepts us on the path of destruction.

Jesus humbly kneels at the feet of his disciples and washes their feet.

Jesus serves us at the point of our greatest need — forgiveness —

through even through death on the cross.

Jesus fulfills God’s promises for us.

Jesus establishes us with Him in His Kingdom.

Jesus links us to His future.

Jesus provides.

He is The Voice.

Are you listening?