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2016.Dec.
06 Tue
 
Self-Examination
[ Psalms 26:1 - 26:12 ]
 
1. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
2. Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3. for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.
4. I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;
5. I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6. I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD,
7. proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
8. I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.
9. Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men,
10. in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.
11. But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.
12. My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.
 

Reflection
Sinless versus Blameless (26:1–7)
At first glance, it seems like David is depending on his own righteousness for salvation, but that is not the case. No one, apart from Jesus, can claim moral perfection. David is not claiming that he is sinless but blameless. Blamelessness is about moral integrity, not sinless perfection. Here, David pleads with God to clear his name of false charges as he desires to restore his honor against the slander of those who oppose him. In the New Testament epistles, the apostle Paul often calls the saints to be blameless (Eph. 1:4; Phil. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:10). This means we must do everything possible to live at peace with people and not give them any ammunition to shoot accusations at us. Haters will hate and leaders will always be targets of criticism, but David wants to do everything possible to live a life that is beyond reproach.

The Proper Response to Gods Mercy (26:8–12)
Throughout this psalm, David states that he has chosen not to associate with evildoers. It is unknown who exactly these evildoers are, but we see Davids loyalty to God even under these harsh circumstances. His prayer is for God to spare him from the death that consumes the wicked and ungodly, for he is blameless. He prefers to spend time in the house of the LORD, the tabernacle in which His glory dwells. On this side of the cross, we enjoy the great blessing of being able to freely worship God anywhere. We no longer need a tabernacle or temple to connect with Him, for Jesus became the temple, and Gods holy presence now dwells within us.

Application
- Have you been the victim of false accusations? How did you deal with them? We should not fear what man says, but we should strive to be blameless.

- In light of the Gospel, the only difference between us and evildoers is that we have received Gods grace. Thank God for His love and mercy today.

A Letter to
God
Lord, thank you that You are rich and abundant in mercy. You took the initiative by reaching out to me, showing me Your love, and saving someone with no hope. In darkness, You showed me light; when I was lost, You showed me the way. Thank you. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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