Archive for September 3rd, 2012

Psalm 26

Psalm 26 begins with these words: “vindicate me, O Lord”.  The psalmist then launches into an explanation of how he has lived and lives his life.  He gives evidence of what it means to walk well with God.  This is a great chapter to help us understand how we need to live with our God.  How we live matters.  How we relate to people around us is a big deal.  Check out the list of attributes that are captured – very personal as many begin with “I”.

  • I have walked in my integrity
  • I have trusted in the Lord without wavering
  • I walk in your faithfulness
  • I do not sit with men of falsehood
  • nor do I consort with hypocrites
  • I hate the assembly of evildoers
  • I will not sit with the wicked
  • I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar….proclaiming thanksgiving aloud….telling all your wondrous deeds
  • I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells
  • I shall walk in my integrity
  • I will bless the Lord

The writer says “prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind”.  This is his way of giving evidence that he is worthy of walking with God and being vindicated of what others are accusing him of.  Our lives are living proof of who we are.  We can proclaim anything we want, but our walk actually says way more than our talk and that is what the psalmist is making clear.  He has walked the walk and his life matches up with God’s words.  He is worthy of God’s vindication, and he goes to great lengths to prove it.

I love how the story ends here as the psalmist wraps up his defence.  “My foot stands on level ground”.  We can stand on God’s truth and His love.  It is level ground.  The ground is level at the Cross.  There is no preferential treatment for any who come there.  Jesus is waiting with open arms for any and all who will come to Him for grace and forgiveness.  We need to be willing to seek His forgiveness, and experience His love.  He is the first, the last and the great I AM.  Are you vindicated before God?  Jesus is our vindication for our sin.  We just need to seek His forgiveness and let Him be our grace!

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