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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

  • A disciple
    "But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me." Integrity is soundness and wholeness, worked out by virtue and principle and honesty. Integrity is what makes the strength and the value, being proven by trial; just as the light drives away the darkness, and all is then seen clearly; and the heat of the fining pot forces out the worthless, and leaves the precious.
  • A disciple
    As we learn the Word of God and the voice and leading of the Spirit; it is integrity in us that does what is right, and God therefore keeps us from sinning against Him. If we fear to sin, and tremble because of the danger in the temptations; then when we pronounce the appropriate Scriptures like the Lord did, and stand determined in our heart no matter what; then God will keep us from sinning.
  • A disciple
    Bill; We are given grace to not sin because God sees our integrity. Many know, and many believe, but when it comes to the moment of fiery trial or strong passions pulling us in a bad direction against the commandment; it is the courage and integrity to stand against your own feelings and desires that will save us. How many times did Jesus say, Thy faith hath saved thee and made thee whole?
  • Mild Bill
    Despite his integrity,he wants/needs redemption.Understanding the mercy of God in not immediately judging his sin unto death,but God in his graciousness,showing his loving kindness.Therefore, David issues forth praise of God as a believer who knows of him.Sliding is less likely when you have even footing,among God's people.God's interest is in the quality of people,rather than the numbers.All bow.
  • BSP
    Verses 4 and 5 show the need to guard our association. We must be careful in choosing who we associate with in person and also by our entertainment.
  • A disciple
    Dear Lowanda; Jesus who brought you to the day of repentance and conversion will never leave you nor forsake you; and all that He has had in His heart for you from the foundation of the world, He will not rest until it is done completely! We have so much to grow and to learn and to be transformed and made like our Master Jesus: hunger for Him in His Word every day in much prayer, and only believe!
  • Lowanda
    Yes the lord is always among us. I was just saying today before I went to psalms 26 that when God Bless you, you must put behind people that is not of God I was blessed and I'm not the same person I was before I was saved I'm trying to be a good person and continue to love God. I don't want to do the things I use to do. So I would love to thank God for saving me and today it was confirmed .
  • James X Gillette Jr.
    That my Lord, will remember me as I wrestle against my flesh.

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According to Psalm 26, what is in the right hand of bloodthirsty men?
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