A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 26

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 26

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 your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord,
7 proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.

When I read this Psalm from David, I think “wow.” I don’t know if that’s the first thought that comes to your mind, but it is for me. Because when I read this Psalm, I see many things from David that I hope and pray I see in my own life. But honestly, as I observe this Psalm, I can’t say with 100% honesty that I could pray this exact thing to God and be honest with Him. I don’t always walk in integrity like I need to. I don’t always trust in the Lord without wavering. I’m hesitant to ask God to test me and try me because I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting there day by day by His grace. I know God’s love is steadfast, but I don’t always walk in His faithfulness like I want to. I sometimes sit with men of falsehood, and I sometimes associate with hypocrites. I do hate the assembly of evildoers, but sometimes I’m apart of them. I wash my hands, but it’s not because I’m clean, it’s because I’m dirty and in need of cleansing. I tell the wondrous deeds of God to some people sometimes, but not to the level that I wish I did.

I’m being as real and transparent with you all as I can because we need to be real and transparent with each other as Christians. It does me no good to lie and say I’m doing well and I’m exactly where I need to be with God, especially if I’m really not. If I’m transparent and real with you, I’m opening myself up to accountability from you. I recognize that I’m not perfect. I recognize that you’re not perfect. But that’s the perfect thing about the church: imperfect people seeking the perfect Savior’s love and grace.

David was a good man. David loved the Lord with all His heart. David is the example man when it comes to praying to the Lord. David was a true friend of God. David was a man after God’s own heart, and I want to be like David and share his humility before the Lord. So here are a few traits I see from David in Psalm 96 that I want to obtain for myself:

  1. He is blameless before God.
  2. He is always ready to be tested, because He is so confident that he will pass.
  3. He recognizes the continual love of God and let’s that be his motivation for doing good.
  4. He doesn’t sit with sinners, he invited them to sit with him in righteousness.
  5. He is comfortable to come before the throne of God.
  6. He tells everyone about every wondrous deed from God.

I want to ask you, friend, do you love the Lord? Are you a true friend of God? Do you want to grow closer to Him during these moments of uncertainty and fear? Can you, especially in a moment like this, comfortably share the heart of David and proclaim thanksgiving to God and tell all of His wondrous deeds? I hope so, and I pray so for myself, and for you. I love you.