November 21, 2016

Your Core Values

“I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will You come to help me?”
Psalm 101:2 (NLT)

Have you determined the core values that will govern your life? It will mean the difference between reacting and acting intentionally, the difference between instability and stability, between success and failure. Early in his reign, King David must have set down the standards he wanted to follow when he became the new leader of Israel. He wrote down ten core values that would not only govern his life but determine how he would govern his people in Psalm 101. As you read them, there’s little wonder why he was called a man after God’s own heart, a man who served God’s purpose in his generation and was used mightily in leading Israel to its greatest heights politically and economically. David would become the standard by which all other kings would be judged. His military successes and political leadership were second to none, and they unified a divided nation. In just eight verses, David outlines those ten core values.

1. I will live a life of praise. “I will sing of your love and justice, LORD. I will praise You with songs.” (Vs. 1)

2. I will live a blameless life. “I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will You come to help me?” (Vs. 2a)

3. I will live with integrity. “I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.” (Vs. 2b)

4. I will protect my eyes from what is vile. “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” (Vs. 3a)

5. I will deal honestly. “I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.” (Vs. 3b)

6. I will promote what is good and avoid what is evil. “I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.” (Vs. 4)

7. I will stand for truth. “I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.” (Vs. 5a)

8. I will walk humbly. “I will not endure conceit and pride.” (Vs. 5b)

9. I will guard my relationships. “I will search for faithful people to be my companions.” (Vs. 6)

10. I will avoid deception. “I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house and liars will not stay in my presence.” (Vs. 7)

Imagine a life lived with these core values. David must have known the ideal could not be real apart from God’s power. Willpower alone would never be enough. When he set down these values, he asked the Lord for His help. As you determine the standards by which you will live your life, consider these core values and ask God to help you. If we align our hearts with His, He will empower us to live a life that has no other explanation but the indwelling life of Christ.