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Psalm 26

June 4, 2009

At first reading one may think that this psalm is one of pride and that the “works” of David makes him worthy of redemption by God. Upon several more readings the focus shifts to proclaim David’s love for God and his desire to be assured of God’s redemptive love. This, no doubt, was penned before David’s encounter with Bathsheba; most likely early in David’s reign.

To the best of his knowledge the psalmist is following the Lord and acting according to the Lord’s Will. His trust is solely in God. He is following God to the best of his ability and asks to be tested and examined to know where he falls short. His priority is to love God fully and walk according to the Lord’s ways.

The psalmist takes the high ground. He is careful with whom he associates. Instead, he prefers to associate with God before His altar, praising God and telling of God’s goodness. He loves God’s house, the tabernacle, where God lives and dwells. Perhaps this psalm is written shortly after David brings the Ark to Jerusalem.

David asks to be treated differently in death than those who have no time for God, those who openly disobey God’s statutes. He asks for mercy and commits to continue praising God.

Could we honestly come before the Lord and utter these same words? Can we honestly say we are obeying the Lord to the best of our ability? Is our primary focus in life the Lord Jesus Christ?

Regardless of how we answer these questions, the Lord wants us to come before His throne [altar] and ask for His mercy and to hear us say we love Him and desire to obey Him. He grants mercy and redeems all who call on His name. He assures us that we then belong to Him and are children of His Kingdom. We are to humble ourselves before Almighty God seeking His mercy and assurance of redemption.

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