Daily Devotional: Psalms 26:1-12
1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2 Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; 3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; 5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD, 7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. 8 I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells. 9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men, 10 in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. 11 But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me. 12 My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.
1 Cor 4:4-5
4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
David, who is referred to as a man after God’s own heart, was a man of faith and an example of obedience for us today. He trusted God, depending on him for his very life in all he did. He was a shepherd boy and trusted God to protect him from the wild animals and other dangers of the outdoors. Because of his experiences, he trusted God to defeat the Philistine giant who defied both God and his army.
Later in his life, after being told by God that he would be the next king, he was hunted by King Saul who sought to kill him. Even when he had opportunities to kill Saul, he would not because he said God would determine when Saul would die and he would become king. He trusted God when others thought it was foolish.
But David sinned at times. He was a person just like us and he had his desires and even his weaknesses. But because of his heart, when confronted with his sin, he admitted it, turned from it and asked God to forgive. We should do the same.
O Lord God, giver of life and breath, it is with awe that I come to you today. When I study who you are and your majesty, your power, your wisdom and your glory, along with your absolute holiness sink into my head, I realize just how weak and small I am and how truly dependent I am on you for all things. Thank you for your love that is indescribable and abundant beyond measure. Thank you for making it possible for me to be forgiven of all sin by the sacrifice of Jesus. Use me in your service. Be with our leaders and our nation. I pray in the name of Jesus.