A Life of Inner Integrity



"Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within." Psalm 51:6


Psalm 51 is one of the most familiar Psalms in the entire book, and it's probably one of the most well known throughout the entire New Testament. These series of verses were written after David had been confronted by Nathan about adultery with Bathsheba, his friend and loyal soldier’s wife, and having his friend murdered after Bathsheba wound up pregnant.

David was a man after God’s own heart, but he wasn’t without flaw. In his words of repentance, David says something that struck me. David begins verse 6 by stating, “Surely you desire integrity in the inner self…” David was an admired man, a great soldier, and at this point he had been a mediocre king, leaving his soldiers to battle while he stayed home. I’m sure on the outside David played the part of an admirable, honest, and God-fearing king. Inwardly, however, David was lacking integrity. He had fallen to temptation, claimed Bathsheba another man’s wife as his own, and did as he pleased behind closed doors. David didn’t think the outside world noticed what was going on inwardly; however; God noticed and made sure that he knew through Nathaniel.  After this confrontation, there were consequences, as there always is with sin. David lost their first son. However, after his sin was out in the open, David was able to repent, heal, and begin to live with intentional integrity.

Where are we, sisters? Are we, for all intensive purposes, playing the role of a good Christian women? What about inwardly—where is our integrity? Integrity not only pertains to our actions but our thoughts and words as well. Do we allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of these things, or have we hardened our hearts to certain things such as gossip and slander that we don’t even feel we should repent anymore? Let’s make it our prayer this week to live with inner integrity. Let the God who searches and knows our hearts do a work in us, so that we may not only glorify God with our outward actions, but inwardly as well.


God, I thank You for your grace, even when I do not live with integrity. I thank You that the Holy Spirit brings conviction, and that You love me, a sinner, even when my actions, thoughts, and words are less than perfect. Help me to be repentant, help me to be aware, and help me, Father, to glorify You in thought, deed, and action. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

Pray through Psalm 51 this week. Does your inner integrity match your outward actions?

About the Author

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Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.