“The issues of the world are very important. But I have to learn to approach them from the heart of God. I have to be deeply rooted in God’s heart before I can know how to respond faithfully to these issues…The closer you are to the heart of God, the closer you come to the heart of the world, the closer you come to others. God is a demanding God, but when you give your heart of God, you find your heart’s desires. You will also find your brother or sister right there. We’re called always to action, but that action must not be driven, obsessive, or guilt-ridden. It’s action that comes out of knowing God’s love.”
26 1Give judgment for me, O LORD,
for I have lived with integrity;*
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2Test me, O LORD, and try me;*
examine my heart and my mind.
3For your love is before my eyes;*
I have walked faithfully with you.
4I have not sat with the worthless,*
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5I have hated the company of evildoers;*
I will not sit down with the wicked.
6I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
that I may go in procession round your altar,
7Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
and the place where your glory abides.
9Do not sweep me away with sinners,*
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10Whose hands are full of evil plots,*
and their right hand full of bribes.
11As for me, I will live with integrity;*
redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12My foot stands on level ground;*
in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.