Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice. Let the assembled people gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure - you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
"Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure..." With so much wicked in the world today: murder, rape, sex trafficking, racism, bigotry, slander, adultry, etc., I am so thankful that, one day, you will bring an end to it all. All wickedness will cease. I praise you in advance for the day when the violence will cease, and every tribe and every tongue will confess that you are God! There will be a day when no one will have to look over their backs. There will be a day when no one will fear for their lives. There will be a day when your creation is living together in perfect unity. This will be the day when you return and bring your Kingdom to this earth, and I cannot wait for that day to arrive!
"Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High." I confess that I still have much room for growth as it relates to my integrity. Who I am behind closed doors and who I am when people are around is not as whole as I would like it to be. I think things I wouldn't want anyone to know I was thinking. I say things I wouldn't want anyone to know I was saying. I have motivations that, if they were exposed, people would be disappointed by. Sometimes, I say one thing and do another. For this lack of integrity, Lord, please forgive me. For this lack of wholeness and consistency, cleanse and forgive me.
"...you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts." I look forward to, by the power of your Spirit, growing in my integrity as the weeks, months, and years go by. I aspire to be a man who, because of my integrity, is respected the most by the people who know me best. I desire for my outer life to be more congruent with my inner life. I desire who I am when no one is looking to be who I am when people surround me. Strengthen me God. Fill me with your Spirit. May the fruits of your Spirit be at work within me both publicly and privately. I pray all of these things in Jesus name, Amen.