Psalm 26

Written by David, Psalm 26 describes some of the characteristics of a blameless life, or life of integrity. A blameless life is a life lived God’s way.

A blameless life is a life of trust.

Vindicate me, O LORD,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. (v. 1)

David trusts God in every way. His writings are filled with evidence of God’s faithfulness in the most difficult circumstances. David trusts God to vindicate him, or clear him of the blame that others level against him.

A blameless life is a life of love.

for your love is ever before me… (v. 3)

David focuses on God’s love. When others accuse him, David remembers he is loved by God. His identity is found in God’s love, not in who others say he is.

A blameless life is a life of obedience.

…I walk continually in your truth. (v. 3)

We know from other psalms like Psalm 19 that David values the truth of God’s Word. God’s ways are written in His Word. David obeys God by walking in God’s ways.

A blameless life is a life of wisdom.

I do not sit with deceitful men,
nor do I consort with hypocrites;
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked. (v. 4-5)

David chooses his friends wisely. He does not sit, or take counsel from those who lie openly or from hypocrites who say one thing but do another.

A blameless life is a life of worship.

I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, O LORD,
proclaiming aloud your praise,
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
I love the house where you live, O LORD,
the place where your glory dwells. (v. 6-8)

David participates in corporate worship. The altar was part of the tabernacle, where God’s people would gather to sacrifice and worship. David is an active participant in worship; he is not silent. He openly praises God and tells others of God’s wonderful deeds. David declares his love for the tabernacle, the gathering place for God’s people to worship in His presence.

A blameless life is a life of prayer.

Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with bloodthirsty men…
But I lead a blameless life;
redeem me and be merciful to me. (v. 9, 11)

David prays with boldness and with humility. David lists the ways he lives a blameless life and asks God to spare him the fate of the wicked. But he also acknowledges his need for redemption. David recognizes that salvation is only possible by God’s great mercy.

A blameless life is a life of stability.

My feet stand on level ground;
in the great assembly I will praise the LORD. (v. 12)

Trust.
Love.
Obedience.
Wisdom.
Worship.
Prayer.

The characteristics of a blameless life.
With these, David is able to stand firm.

We too can live a blameless life.
Like David, we can choose to walk God’s way.

Father, I want to live a blameless life. I want to obey your Word, to walk in truth, and to worship you. Help me to be wise in choosing friends who will encourage me to walk your way. Redeem me and be merciful to me, O God. Amen.

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