Psalm 26

1 Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life;  I have trusted in the Lord  and have not faltered. 2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; 3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love  and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

4 I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate 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, Lord, 7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

8 Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells. 9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty, 10 in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. 11 I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;  in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.

There are some pretty hefty claims in this psalm. I couldn’t write these words with all integrity, that’s for sure! And yet… because of Jesus’ blood, I can. Because I am clothed in white, covered by his blood. Forgiven, redeemed, purchased, restored. I am no longer guilty in his sight – even when I get it wrong. God looks on Jesus and pardons me. So where am I living? In the jail of shame or the freedom of forgiveness?

Questions for thought and discussion

  • Where are you feeling condemned? Declare the truth out loud that you are forgiven and free!
  • What do you need to read more on in order to explain these truths well?