Psalm 26

Psalm 26

Can I say that I am innocent to God?

In this psalm, King David dared to say to God that he was innocent! He even asked God to examine his heart! “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you. I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites; I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence, and go around your altar, O Lord, singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your wondrous deeds.”

David could fight against all his enemies with such confidence that God would be always on his side. How could he do that? When we read the psalm we now know the reasons. He was confident that God would not find any wicked thought in his heart. If we can say the same thing, we will be brave and courageous in front of any army or forces!

Based on that inner confidence, he can pray to God: “O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides. Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty, those in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.”

The most important thing that I need to do is to examine myself every day. As long as I am honest and innocent in front of God, I do not need to worry about other people, their opinions and criticisms, or their conspiracy to destroy me. God is with me and God protects me. I will praise my Father, my Redeemer, my Guide all the time!

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my Son, Hozeh, and Daughter, Hoyon, are college students.
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