Read Psalm 26 today.
For what does the psalmist ask?
How has the psalmist lived?
What does the psalmist say he will continue?
We can choose to live with God’s steadfast love before us.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
With thanksgiving for ways you have seen God’s steadfast love in your life, the lives of others, and throughout the world.
For the ability to keep God’s love before us, remembering his great love for us through Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
For deepened dependence and relationship with God, that would result in greater faithfulness in our lives.
For a consistency of faith and obedience to the Lord.
For those around you and around our children, and for the communities that influence against the goodness and love of God.
Declare Me Innocent
King David’s poetic praise to God
David’s Trust and Transparency
1 Yahweh, be my judge and declare me innocent!
Clear my name, for I walk in integrity
and trust you without wavering.
2 Yahweh, you can scrutinize me.
Refine my heart and probe my every thought.
Put me to the test and you’ll find me true.
3 I will never lose sight of your steadfast love for me.
Your faithfulness has steadied my steps.
4 I won’t keep company with tricky, two-faced men,
nor will I go the way of those with hidden motives.
5 I despise the sinner’s hangouts.
You won’t find me walking with the wicked.
6-7When I come to your altar, Yahweh,
I’ll be clean before you,
approaching with songs of thanksgiving,
singing songs of your mighty miracles.
8 Yahweh, I love to live in your house, this dwelling place of dazzling glory!
9 Don’t treat me as one of these scheming sinners
who plot violence against the innocent.
10Look how they devise their wicked plans;
their hands are always ready to receive a bribe.
11I’m not like them, Lord—not at all.
Save me, redeem me with your mercy,
for I have chosen to walk only in what is right.
12Among the worshipers I will praise Yahweh,
for I am safe and secure because of you!