June 1 – Integrity Means No Compromise!

“O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who may dwell on Thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”

Psalm 15:1–2


To love Christ and to be characterized by ever–increasing fidelity to biblical truth is the heart of true integrity.

Christian integrity has been defined as the absence of compromise and the presence of biblical convictions. In the words of the psalmist, it is to work righteousness and to speak truth from the heart (Ps. 15:2).

Many people in Scripture demonstrate exemplary integrity. For example, Jesus spoke of Nathanael as an Israelite “in whom is no guile” (John 1:47). To be without guile is to be truthful and unpretentious, which is another way of saying Nathanael had integrity. What a wonderful commendation!

Like Nathanael, Daniel was a man of uncompromising integrity, and in our studies this month Daniel’s example will demonstrate the power, characteristics, and blessings of biblical integrity. You will also see how God uses even the most difficult circumstances to test and refine your integrity.

This is an especially timely topic for our day because the spirit of compromise is flourishing all around us: in politics, in sports, in business, and sadly, even in the church. But Scripture calls us to an uncompromising standard that reflects the integrity of Christ Himself. As the Apostle John said, “The one who says he abides in [Christ] ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).

This month you will see some of the challenges that await those who refuse to compromise their biblical convictions, as well as the blessings that come to them. As you do, I pray that the Lord will strengthen and encourage you, and that you will be one who truly “walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”


Suggestions for Prayer: Make King David’s prayer yours today: “Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in Thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for Thee” (Psalm 25:20–21).

For Further Study: Read Daniel 1, 3, and 6 in preparation for our studies this month. Make a list of the character traits you see in Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego that are worthy of imitation.[1]

15:1 The individual God chooses as His companion is the subject of Psalm 15. Although it does not say so in this Psalm, the basic qualification for entrance into God’s kingdom is to be born again. Apart from the new birth, no one can see or enter the kingdom. This birth from above is experienced by grace, through faith, and takes place completely apart from any meritorious works on man’s part.

Taken by itself, the Psalm seems to imply that salvation is somehow connected with a man’s righteous character or noble deeds. But taken with the rest of Scripture, it can only mean that the kind of faith that saves is the same kind of faith that results in a life of holiness. Like James in his epistle, David is here saying that genuine faith in the Lord results in the kind of good works described in this Psalm.

Incidentally, the Psalm does not profess to give a complete catalog of the virtues of the citizen of Zion. The portrait is suggestive but certainly not exhaustive.

15:2 First of all, the citizen of Zion walks with integrity. The man of integrity is a man of moral soundness. He is complete, well-rounded, and balanced.

Second, the citizen of Zion does what is right. He is careful to maintain a conscience that is void of offense. He would rather go to heaven with a good conscience than stay on earth with a bad one.

You can depend on this man to tell the truth from his heart. He would rather die than lie. His word is his bond. His yes means yes and his no means no.[2]

15:1 in your tent The Hebrew word used here, ohel, is a technical term referring to Yahweh’s tabernacle (Exod 26:1–37; 2 Sam 6:17). It is also used to refer to the Temple Mount (Ps 27:4–6). These questions were likely asked by, or of, worshipers visiting the temple or tabernacle of God.

your holy mountain Referring to the Temple Mount, Mount Zion, which was understood to be the dwelling place of Yahweh (43:3).

15:2 blamelessly The Hebrew word used here, tamim, indicates purity or innocence (2 Sam 22:24). It is used to describe God’s word and His Law (Ps 19:7; Deut 32:4). See note on Job 1:1.

what is right The Hebrew word tsedeq can refer to righteousness or justice. See note on Ps 4:1.

He who speaks honestly The Hebrew word used here, emeth, can mean truth or faithfulness; both are characteristics of Yahweh and His law (19:9; 25:5; 86:11; 119:142).

The requirement here is not just an outward expression of truth (Prov 8:7; 12:19); it is an inward position of the heart. According to Hebrew thought, the heart was considered the center of a person’s character. Yahweh tells Samuel that He looks at the heart rather than the outward appearance (1 Sam 16:7). Job worries that his children might curse God “in their hearts” (Job 1:5). The Israelites were to love Yahweh with their whole hearts (Deut 6:4).[3]

[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 564–565). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 15:1–2). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.


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