Psalm 26 Declaration of Righteousness
1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.
3 For Thy steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to Thee.
4 I do not sit with false men,
nor do I consort with dissemblers;
5 I hate the company of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about Thy altar, O Lord,
7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
and telling all Thy wondrous deeds.
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Thy house,
and the place where Thy glory dwells.
9 Sweep me not away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10 men in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.
– Psalm 26
Psalm 26 is about David appealing to the King of kings for vindication. Here, he declares his righteousness and displays his unwavering faith in God.
He states that he led an innocent life and as God is all-knowing, He knows this to be true.
He is sure about his righteousness that he is willing to be tested by God.
Are we like David when we pray to God for help? Do we make sure we have been faithful to God? Can we declare our righteousness without a doubt?
More often than not, we ask God whatever we desire and expect to be given that without first obeying His commands. We think that just being ‘good’ is enough – that we didn’t steal, that we didn’t kill, that we didn’t bow down to other gods.
And then when God didn’t answer our prayers, we feel that we are ignored by God, – that He doesn’t care about us, that He doesn’t really love us.
Before you feel ‘hurt’ by God, do a thorough examination of your faith in God. Have you been really faithful to Him? Have you really been obeying His commands? Have you been loving Him with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind? Have you been loving your neighbor as yourself?
Remember also the Lord’s command: deny yourself. Have you been denying or choosing yourself?