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1 (A Psalm of David.) Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

Commentary for Psalms 26

David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity.

- David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 26

  • Praise The Lord our God amen.
  • MockongBird for verse 2
    This verse is not to be taken lightly. To ask the Lord to examine me and try my heart is very serious I must be prepared for the revealing of things that need to be taken out of my life and replaced with new from the Lord !! To receive correction and possible chastisement . I must depend on my Lord to help me to rid myself of unclean actions and words in my life. The grace of my Lord God is sufficient . I will and can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Amen !!!! Examine Prove Try Am I ready for this !!!!!
  • Kathy Jo Bryant for verse 2
    David was asking the LORD to check him out, and what the true motives of his heart or mind were. We need to be in his same position. We don 't want to be a fake, but follow God for genuine reasons, not just for show.
  • AMEN JAY for verse 2
    let us in all ways first examine our self meaning the focus is on us,while GOD is taking care of our worries
  • Marlette Gayle
    This psalm is a great power into my life these help me to view the life i live
  • Cathy Shuford
    God is good all the time. Gives us new grace everyday.

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Bible Trivia

According to Psalm 26, what is in the right hand of bloodthirsty men?
  • Sword
  • Bribe
  • Spear
  • Staff
  • Scroll