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#975 – Walking with Integrity of Heart (Psalm 101:2–3)

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“I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh, when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house. I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”
(Psalm 101:2–3)

So we were praying each day during this pandemic for specific things that people are sending in at radical.net/prayerrequest that specifically deal with this pandemic living. I encourage you to continue sending those things in as you think about your life, your family, your church, your community. I want to read one that’s very simple today from Angelo and he says, “Please pray for perseverance and the fight against lost and for purity.”

Lord, we are prone to wonder. We rejoice that Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and we ask for grace to wage war on sin. Rather than setting our eyes on what is worthless, help us to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

So I’m so thankful for Angelo sending this and because I was just having a conversation with some of our church leaders about the temptations with so many people in their homes online, whether on their phones, or their tablets or computers, the temptation to set before our eyes, things that are worthless, to use Psalm 101 verse three language. The temptations that exists right now for people not to walk with integrity of heart within their house, like that’s the exact language in Psalm 101 verse two, I will walk with integrity of heart within my house. And I’ve read just numerous different reports about how online activity that is so perverse and so evil has increased during these days and not one person who’s listening to this podcast is immune to temptation generally to temptation but even specifically along these lines as we spend so much time online.

So, I want to pray for Angelo and for so many others like Angelo who are just saying, “I want to walk with integrity of heart within my house. I don’t want to set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” And so I want us to pray together for this and what more appropriate day to pray for this than good Friday as we remember when Jesus out of love for us took all of our sin upon himself on the cross, on our behalf that we might be saved. So God, we pray right now for Angelo specifically because he was bold enough to ask for this. We pray for Angelo to have perseverance in the fight against lust and for purity. God, we pray Psalm 101 verses two and three over Angelo that he would ponder the way that is blameless, that he would walk with integrity of heart within his house and that he would not set before his eyes anything that is worthless, that he would set before his eyes only that which is pure and noble and right and excellent and praiseworthy to think about these things.

Philippians 4. And God we pray this not just over Angelo, God, we pray this over every one of our lives. God, to help us during these days to walk with integrity of heart within our homes. God may everything we see, may everything we say, may the things we’re doing when nobody else is looking sometimes when nobody else is around God, you see, may you be honored in these things. May you be glorified with integrity of heart in us. God make us blameless. We pray. Even as I pray that and knowing all of us are so prone to send, so prone to wander, and so we praise you Jesus.

We praise you every day and especially today on this good Friday for taking all of our sin and all of our shame upon yourself. Jesus, thank you for paying the price for our sins. Thank you for loving us so much. Oh God that you gave your one and only son that whoever believes in him will be forgiven of all their sin, cleansed of all their sin restored to relationship with you for eternal life forever.

All glory be to your name for the salvation. So help us to live in it we pray. Set the cross before our eyes when we are tempted to sin instead of our eyes veering toward that which is worthless towards that was is not pure may our eyes veer toward you, your love for us, what you have done for us, the grace you give us even today, and may we live in that, may we fix our eyes on Jesus. I pray for that over Angelo and over my own life, over every single one of our lives. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, not on anything that would pull us away from you. Anything that would dishonor others, help us we pray to walk with integrity within our homes throughout this pandemic. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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