You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever.
David’s words relate how important it is to know that your conscience is clear when you go through a trial. Satan, the accuser, is quick to send others to question your motives, character, and conduct. But even if all three areas are pure, you still can come under attack from the enemy.
No amount of accusation from Job’s friends could sway his conscience. He declared, “I will never concede that you are right; until I die, I will defend my innocence. I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live” (Job 27:5-6).
Paul, also an object of accusation, wrote to the Corinthian church, “We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have been honest and sincere in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own earthly wisdom. This is how we have acted toward everyone, and especially toward you” (2 Corinthians 1:12).
Of course, neither Job nor David nor Paul was claiming perfection, only godly sincerity of heart. Never let the devil slander your conscience if you have walked in integrity. A weak or wounded conscience will destroy you. Stand up to the accuser, and wait for the vindication of the Lord!