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

  • Chris on Psalms 26:2
    Page 2.

    "Why does evil exist, if God is Love?" I'm not sure that there is any connection between the two, because IF that would be the case, then a loving God, to prove His Love & protect His creation, would have to annihilate any design or act of evil that would oppose that love. Thus any attempt at doing evil will be immediately thwarted. Yet, since evil does exist, & God is Love, there must be a part of that Love that permits evil to continue & it can't be that evil was in God's Plan for the entrance of man & His Christ, as that would then compromise His Holy Being, that of Love.

    But if we say, 'but God cannot create evil but planned for its inception into the world', then we're back to the first point, why should God bother with creating everything, all things becoming corrupted, sending His Son to redeem us & restoring the world to what it should have been? Here, I think that the first suggestion would fit well: that God should have just annihilated evil at its root & saved everyone a lot of bother.
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on Psalms 26
    Chris - "Why does evil exist?",because we are in the midst of a story/war being told.Like a lit candle,we have no reference point for how long it has been burning.Only in our pride do we claim a "free will".The question is,free of what?Our sinful nature is focused on God not measuring up to our understanding of how evil should be dealt with,therein we profess a superiority to God.Faith is trusting what God has told us,we speculate,to feed our proud sinful nature.Knowing better than God,is to besmirch him.God has dealt with the issue of sin,only through the work of Christ on the cross, trust him.May God be merciful to you.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 26
    Mild Bill, you're referring to a longer thread that I had commented in, to Carlos. That was his question: "Why does evil exist, if God is Love?" If you are able to get to read all the preceding comments between us, you will find that he proposed that God created evil in the world, created the first humans with a propensity to do evil, allowed corruption to be in the world, all for the purpose of the entrance of Jesus into the world to save mankind from sin & renewal of all things. So, if your comment to me is based on that proposition & my response to it which opposed all of that, viz, God didn't create evil, that Adam & Eve were created perfect but chose to disobey their Creator & thus brought judgement to themselves & us, & that though God knew that one day His Saviour would be sent for us, it wasn't His design to create all these things for that purpose, then please share what in my comment that you find objectionable.

    Your comments now, don't seem to align with what was said in the referenced thread, therefore, I just wanted to bring the above to your attention.
  • Chris on Psalms 26:2
    Page 1.

    Carlos, our thread has been locked again, so am sending my comment as a New one. Trust you saw my other comments sent in a similar way (over a day ago).

    "I don't mean to diminish the fact God deserves and gets Glory, Exaltation, etc." Sorry, your statement confused me as you say that God deserves our praise & love, yet in your comment to Adam you mentioned that He doesn't need it. If He doesn't need it, then I wonder, in your understanding, what does God do with all the praise, worship & love that goes up to Him. In human terms, if I am given something but feel that I don't need it (i.e. consider it of little use to me & therefore it's either shelved or given away to someone who might make better use of it), would that be similar to what you're thinking? If so, then is God one Who receives these offerings, but since they don't affect Him in any way, He remains unmoved by them? Or, maybe you mean that any offerings coming to Him doesn't affect His Character in any way & Who He is.

    "What I would like to get at is what the Bible reveals about What God created us for in that Love. There's a persistent question people ask. That is, if God, why evil? Perhaps this is too philosophical, but it is important. Why does evil exist, if God is Love? The notion that we have Choice or Free Will, isn't enough." I can't add anymore to what has already been said to, "why did God, in His Love, create us?" I realize that your understanding that we were the means for His Son to enter the world & give his life for us, & there is truth there, but why indeed were we created.

    (onto Page 2)
  • Mishael on WHAT does God want on Psalms 26:2
    Bless the Holy Spirit! He's been reading your comments.

    As soon as I came in, I saw all the comments. The Holy Spirit said one word:


    That's what we do here, mostly lol. I was reminded of a couple of things: Genesis 2:19, God brought the animals etc to see (with pleasure) what Adam would name them. That's a lot of critters so I'm thinking it was a daily time together.

    Genesis 3:8, and they heard the voice of God !!! Walking in the garden in the cool of the day. I know I like walking, early evening. Forget the sin and stuff... God likes to walk with us. It could happen if we were ever in tune with Him.

    Watching in the night before Him. Listening. Talking to Him like he was in the room too?

    Fellowship. We were made for all kinds of fellowship, but primarily with God, through the Holy Spirit. He's NOT a floating ghostly vision: He is a Person. He would comfort us if we would let Him!

    Watchman, Watchman, what do you see ?

    Since you are all excellent searchers of the Word; here are some places of scriptures concerning 'fellowship' between us and God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of Jesus for his saints.

    Psalm 130:6, Psalm 19:2, 1 Corinthians 1:9

    Ephesians 3:9, books of John 15, 17

    Philippians 2:1-2, 3:10

    1 John 1:3, 6, 7. And more to discover...

    One time I was reading Ezekiel and got to the Valley of dry bones. When God said for him to prophesy! Every hair on my body stood up and when he said THUS SAITH THE knees gave way.

    He is so majestically Powerful, it takes your breath away.

    You can have a relationship /fellowship with the Godhead!

    Those scriptures will change from words on a page, to the living Word Of God! Alive, living in your heart, your mind, the text you write.

    You all need to ask the Holy Spirit for the Gift, of discerning of spirits. Covet the best gift: word of wisdom. Receive it. Gifts and callings are irrevocable.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Psalms 26:2
    Mishael Are the gifts and calling of God irrevocable?

    Mark 6:7 And he (Jesus) called (unto him) the (including Judas) twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

    skip to Mark 6:13 And (the 12 apostles w/ Judas) they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. (Judas was with the 12 doing these miracles and is his calling irrevocable?

    John Chapter 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

    John 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot [the son] of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

    Perdition means to fall

    John 17:12 While I (Jesus)was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. Judas was the son of perdition.

    Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (what place is Judas going to?)

    Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

    Matthew 26:25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

    Mark 14:21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

    Does this sound like Judas is still saved?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 26:2
    I wrote all the scriptures down & the prophesies too. They're not published yet.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 26:2
    The NAS version Bible says irrevocable.
  • Mishael on Judas Iscariot - in Reply on Psalms 26:2
    Yep. Judas had a prophesy to fulfill. I found it in Psalms.

    The 11, in Acts, were Together trying to figure out why Judas did what he did.

    They had to of had some kind of text they were poring over.

    The center column on the page made reference to a scripture in Psalms. It does describe what Judas did, but not his name.

    People get confused because one of Jesus's brothers was named Judas. You have to google Iscariot.
  • Mishael Revoke the Irrevocable - in Reply on Psalms 26:2
    Hey Bob :

    Some lady preacher must have said irrevocable to me. He doesn't remove the gift; He just removes the anointing.


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