Saturday, September 24, 2011

Psalm 26 - God is a Righteous Judge

LINK: Psalm 26

BACKGROUND 

Again, this psalm is traditionally associated with Absalom's rebellion (2 Samuel 15), but there is no attribution that confirms this. 

David appealed to the righteous Judge to clear his name of all false charges against him. He asserted his integrity. He asserted blamelessness (not sinlessness but consistent fellowship with God by asking for forgiveness) and proved it by proclaiming he associated with the right people (see also Psalm 1). He could go into the tabernacle, which he loved, with a clear conscience and proclaim the Lord's praise. 

REFLECTION 

I am reading Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell right now; and the heroine, Molly Gibson, is being slandered by gossips and accused of things she has never done. I feel her pain! I have been accused of things that I have never done more than once, and it hurts.

David's plea to God is an encouragement for us all to take our case to the only righteous Judge.  He hears. He sees all. That is such a comfort.

APPLICATION 

Feeling misunderstood? Being falsely accused?  Take heart and take it to the LORD!

PRAYER

Lord, I praise You as the only righteous Judge. We come to You with our problems. We plead our case before You and thank You that You have a reason for everything that happens to us. We WILL praise You in the midst of the assembly, Lord. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. 
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