A good cause, a good conscience, and a good deportment, are good grounds of appeal to God.Nothing is so pleasing to him that is upright as to know that God knoweth he is so. As it is a small matter with those who are sincere to be condemned by men, so it is not much with them to be condemned or approved by them. Therefore,when other criticize you and you know that you have acted with good and strong intentions.
1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD;therefore I shall not slide . 2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 3For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 4 I have not sat withvain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers . 5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers ; and will not sit with the wicked. 6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thinealtar, O LORD: 7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrousworks . 8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honourdwelleth. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: 10 In whose hands ismischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity:redeem me, and be merciful unto me. 12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.
No matter who prays this psalm, how they pray it, or where they pray it, its words convey an immensely active desire to act with integrity and enjoy a covenantal relationship with Yahweh. Psalm 26 focuses attention away from the everyday world and on our covenant relationship with God. Through this prayer, we are confronted with the reality that we bear responsibility for our moral and religious integrity, and we are challenged to extend God an invitation to test that integrity.
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