Psalm 26: I Will Bless the LORD

Here is another psalm that is simply listed as “of David” without even the indication that is a psalm or prayer or miktam or anything. Maybe he wrote it, maybe not.

Psalm 26

1Vindicate me, O LORD,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
2Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.a
3For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.

4I do not sit with men of falsehood,
nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.

6I wash my hands in innocence
and go around your altar, O LORD,
7proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
and telling all your wondrous deeds.

8O LORD, I love the habitation of your house
and the place where your glory dwells.
9Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.

11But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

Maybe it’s just me or that this book of the Bible immediately follows Job, but I feel like this one is just asking for trouble. I feel like telling God about all the ways that you are the perfect follower is more of an invitation to prove you wrong than a reason to vindicate you.

It strikes me as strange also because none of the people used by God to carry out amazing deeds in His name have been good from the start. Okay, except maybe Joseph back in Genesis. He seemed to always do the right thing but everyone else is just a mess, even David who is so revered as a devout follower of God. Perhaps it has more to do with having grown up Christian and the stories of Jesus I’ve heard. I haven’t gotten to the New Testament in this reading, obviously, but the stories that I recall from church have Jesus spending a lot of time dismantling the idea that anyone can be good enough or righteous enough to earn their way into God’s heart. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, so I’ll wait to see but this one is just trouble.

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