Psalm 26

Hello, my friend.  Thank you for the joy of having shared with you these recent weeks and to sense this special fellowship in the Book.   It is a privilege to ponder, pray and pursue various useful thoughts in these Psalms.  Today we look at PSALM 26, and I think right off I would choose beautiful verse 8 as its key-verse:  “I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.”

We left David in chapter 25 confessing his sins, crying to the Lord to teach him, to lead him, to confide in him.  He was candidly expressing his great need of God’s fullness, in a world which to him was full of enemies and difficulties.  Today, in chapter 26 we have simply a testimony from David regarding his walk with God. 

Weren’t you a little startled when David says there in vs.1, “I have lived a blameless life.”  To me this is an astonishing declaration of how fully David has laid hold of God’s forgiveness and is free to move ahead in a new sense of dependence on God.  He then says, “I have trusted in the Lord, without wavering.”  When we come to that point of commitment, we can live freely in all that God is, in His righteousness.  As Ephesians 1:3 informs us…”The Lord blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ, choosing us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”   David never declares that he is faultless, but he rejoices that, by Grace, he can live a blameless life, free of intentional sin and disobedience and evil.  As you read through the New Testament we find that indeed God expects us to live a blameless life, free from anything which would deny His right to us.   This leads a person to a consistent walk, free from wavering, or as David says in verse 12, “My feet stand on level ground” established on the Rock of God’s word and His presence.

So often people say, “Of course, we sin, we’re only human.”  I am always really stunned by that strange phrase.  It’s like a man on a trip who commits adultery, and comes home saying to his wife “Of course I sinned, I’m only human.”  Hey, we are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit (I Cor.6:19) and we reflect God’s glory (2 Cor.3:18).  Anything less than that is both insulting defiance of God’s claim over us and an easy excuse for living a careless life.  As Vernon McGee says, “Many Christians today flirt with sin.  When I live an inconsistent life, I am on a slippery slope, apt to fall.  Like a little boy in the pantry, near the cookie jar, and his mother asked, ‘Willie, where are you?’  ‘In the pantry,’ he answered.  She asked, ‘What are you doing?’  He said, ‘I am fighting temptation.’”  The way to conquer temptation is simply to move away from it.

“Thank you, Lord, that we can love the house where you live, even our own lives and bodies, the place where your glory dwells, in each of us today, at work, at home, wherever.  We can love who we are because you live in us, and we belong to you.  Thank you for this wondrous privilege.  Thank you for my friend alongside, for those facing huge decision, for those in special need.  You know each one’s needs, we lovingly pray for each other.” 

Thanks partner for sharing.  Cheerio!

Psalm 26

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