Psalms 26:1 “Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.”
One day an Olympic skier was preparing for the Olympic trials. As he prepared, he eventually moved to the harder courses. The coach reminded him to be careful on those slopes and not fall as he skied. “I never fall,” said the skier. As he headed down the slopes, the unthinkable happened. He fell… His injuries eliminated him from the Olympics. David makes a bold statement in Psalm 26. “I shall not slide.” How can David be so sure he would not fall? It was because David had fallen before. He had fallen, but David had gotten up. He knew what was needed to keep from falling.
I. Examination- “Examine me, prove me, try me.” Help me coach. Show me what is wrong and what needs to be fixed. The skier should have listened and he may not have fallen.
II. Prescription- “I have walked in thy truth.” We have the same guide David had. The Word of God will help keep us from falling. Sin keeps you from the book, but the book will keep you from sin!
III. Separation- “David knew there were some people and places that he could not continue to frequent if he was going to stay standing for God. I have allergies and there are certain things that I have to stay away from or I will go down. The same is true in this old world.
IV. Conversation- “So will I compass thine altar.” The true key to staying upright spiritually is a real relationship with God. Talking to Him, hearing from His Word and following the Holy Spirit will help us from falling.
V. Evangelization- “I may publish with the voice”. Being busy with a purpose was how David was going to keep from falling. He had fallen before because of a lack of involvement in the work. He learned that the busier you are for God the less time you have to fall into sin.
Decide that you “shall not slide.” Stand for God, with God and by God’s power.
Youth | Assistant Pastor
Clays Mill Baptist Church