Psalm 26 has David making two requests of God:
- Vindicate me
- Prove me
David is asking God to make a statement about him. He knows God will vindicate him because “I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering”. David is confident in how he was living and walking with God. He wants God to try his heart. David has lived a faithful life and is looking for God to make that clear to all.
David asks God to “try me; test my heart and my mind”. He isn’t afraid to be under the microscope and have God examine him. He’s walked faithfully with God his entire live and now is calling on God to pour out His steadfast love on him. Spurgeon lists a number of things we know about God’s lovingkindness:
- His lovingkindness is a good subject
- His lovingkindess is a wide subject
- His lovingkindess is a pleasing subject
- His lovingkindness is a plain and simple subject
- His lovingkindness is an always suitable and seasonable subject
- His lovingkindness begins in eternity
- His lovingkindness is given freely
- His lovingkindness is certain
- His lovingkindness is faithful
- His lovingkindness goes into the smallest details
God is good, and His lovingkindness endures forever.
David also makes it clear that he is not hanging around with the wrong people. “I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked”. Who we hang with matters. We can’t be hanging around with the wrong people and expect to have a good outcome in life. David makes it clear that he’s been intentional in how he has chosen the people to associate with. He has avoided the wrong kinds of folks that would pull him away from his walk with God.
David didn’t just put off being around those who would potentially lead him astray. He put on being with God in His house. “I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells”. David spent time where God was. A right walk with God was more than the avoidance of evil. It was also a simple yet deep love for God and His presence. He loved the tabernacle because it represented the house of God; it was the place of God’s glory. He wanted to hang where God was. He pledges that he’ll continue to walk with integrity and seeks God’s redemption and blessing. David is standing on God and His promises. Are you?