David Gaunt

“Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered.  Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness…My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.”  Psalm 26:1-3, 12

In the past, I had a problem with the 26th Psalm because David seemed to be bragging about how good he had been. At first I wondered if he might be wrong or mistaken in his words.  But if it was wrong, how did it get included into the inspired Word of God without some kind of disclaimer?

This is the same guy who committed adultery.  He got the woman pregnant, and then tried to use his position as King of God’s people to cover it up.  When that didn’t work, he again abused his position as God’s chosen King to have her honorable husband killed.

But David wasn’t claiming to be sinless in Psalm 26.  According to his opening plea, he was looking to God for vindication.  David had been falsely accused more than once by his enemies.  It was likely on one of those occasions that David wrote these words.

The order in which he listed his righteous activities helps us begin to understand how he could be found blameless. The first accomplishment he listed was that of an unfaltering “trust” in the LORD.  He was even open to a test of his heart and mind.  He was confident that God’s love had been his focus and motivator.

Our relationship with Christ begins with faith and is fueled by the fire of God’s love.  When God’s love is our focus, we are more likely to rely on His faithfulness.  Then we can stand secure in public worship, not based on our goodness, but on God’s.

That was David’s experience.  He had done terrible things.  But when he repented and sincerely sought God’s forgiveness, God forgave Him.  Even in the consequences of his sin, he found the ability to live a God pleasing life.

Jesus came not just to break our bad patterns, but for new blameless patterns to be set.  God makes it possible for us to be known for a right relationship with Him.  Like David, none of us are sinless.  Also like David, we can turn to God to defend us because of our trust in Him.

How do you identify yourself, by your sins and brokenness, or as a blameless new creation in Jesus?

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