Psalm 26 Commentary
Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life. This is David. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Psalm 51 verse 5. Probably another David. You then understand why repeating this psalm is nearly impossible!
Who amongst us has led a blameless life? Who has trusted the LORD and hasn’t faltered? Who would want to be tested, his heart examined, and his mind scrutinized? And all this done by the perfect Judge? Who is confident about passing this kind of exam?
This prayer is impossible! It should probably be tagged with a warning, “don’t try this at home.” Who wants to invite trouble on themselves?
But we know of one man who qualifies to say this prayer, the man Jesus Christ. He is the perfection that the LORD God has always desired. This is one very simple yet most important reason the saint must say his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then the righteousness of Christ becomes the saint’s righteousness. The unknown becomes the known. The useless becomes useful. It becomes the passport for entry into the throne room. Then angels can greet you with, “what can we do for you, sir”. The saint becomes important, all because of the Lord Jesus Christ. You easily understand why every sermon must be about Jesus Christ.
Then this prayer here isn’t impossible at all.
Neither is this spiritually transformed man completely different from the physical man. We can see the evidence in David. The spiritual transformation always seeks the transformation of the physical man. It is only from this position that a spiritually transformed David would hate, reject, and abhor an adulterous and murderous David. Hence Psalm 51.
Who has been at the Palace without seeking the character of the prince of peace?
This psalm, therefore, sounds more like a statement of intention than a solid case of justice. This is what I want and should be. Check me for it, LORD. I shouldn’t be classified among the cold and godless of this world. I try my best. I want to be where you are. Don’t let me suffer the punishment of the wicked.
It also speaks to our intentions, hopes, and aspirations. If the LORD examined your heart, what would be your greatest need? Money? We probably need more help than we think.
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