“David was far more concerned about his integrity before God than he was his popularity or success before men. He was more concerned that his trust for his life, his family or his future not shift from God. He wanted integrity before God. He wanted to please God and to serve God uninterrupted. He knew this integrity would give security.

“David trusted that God would always keep his feet steady and would uphold him, even in the eyes of men. So he turned to God to help him, at all times, under all circumstances—so his God would be honored. In these uncertain times (in the minds of men, but not with God) we must keep our relationship with God FIRST.” (Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, quoted in Baptist Press, 2/4/02)


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In his book The President is a Sick Man, Matthew Alge tells the story of a man who in August of 1893 wrote a story in which he claimed the President of the United States Grover Cleveland had cancer. He went on to tell of a risky and secret operation to the president’s jaw performed on a yacht. The man was Elisha Jay Edwards, and his story appeared in the Philadelphia Press. The administration denied the entire story, claiming the president merely had a toothache. They also mounted a campaign against the author of the article. Across the country he was denounced as a liar. The journalist’s career was ruined. For the next 15 years, he had trouble finding work. The problem was that everything the reporter wrote was true; 25 years after the surgery, one of the doctors came forward and vindicated Edwards. Sometimes we pay a price for telling the truth. If no one else knows our heart, God does.


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