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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
    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.
  • BSP
    Since each of us have inherited sin and imperfection, we should ask God to examine us and help us to see where we need to make improvements so that we can have his approval and blessing.
  • Lilian
    Thank you Jesus all the time for your love mercy and grace help me Jesus to be born again in Spirit all the days of my life i love you and will praise forever remove all the works of the defeated enemy in Jesus name
  • Steve morrow
    EXAMINE ME --- REALLY - MENIAL --- ISAIAH 2:11THE LOFTY LOOKS OF MAN SHALL BE HUMBLED AND THE HAUGHTINESS OF MEN SHALL BE BOWED DOWN AND THE LORD ALONE SHALL BE EXALTED IN THAT DAY LUKE 16:22 AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT THE BEGGER DIED AND WAS CARRIED BY THE ANGELS INTO ABRAHAMS BOSOM THE RICH MAN ALSO DIED AND WAS BURIED --16:23-- AND IN HELL HE LIFT UP HIS EYES BEING IN TORMENTS AND SEETH ABRAHAM AFAR OFF AND LAZARUS IN HIS BOSOM --16:24-- AND HE CRIED AND SAID FATHER ABRAHAM HAVE MERCY ON ME AND SEND LAZARUS THAT HE MAY DIP THE TIP OF HIS FINGER IN WATER AND COOL MY TONGUE FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME --16:25-- BUT ABRAHAM SAID SON REMEMBER THAT THOU IN THY LIFETIME RECEIVEDST THY GOOD THINGS AND LIKEWISE LAZARUS EVIL THINGS BUT NOW HE IS COMFORTED AND THOU ART TORMENTED ECCLESIASTES 8:11 BECAUSE SENTENCE AGAINST AN EVIL WORK IS NOT EXECUTED SPEEDILY THEREFORE THE HEART OF THE SONS OF MEN IS FULLY SET IN THEM TO DO EVIL ISAIAH 2:17 AND THE LOFTINESS OF MAN SHALL BE BOWED DOWN AND THE HAUGHTINESS OF MEN SHALL BE MADE LOW AND THE LORD ALONE SHALL BE EXALTED
  • BSP
    Verse 8 shows the love that David had for Jehovah's house.
  • Irene123
    I was looking for the interpretation of biblical 'hate' as pertains to God saying, "Esau have I hated." In doing so I ran across 'Baker's Evangelical dict.' Among many other instances , he mentions Ps.26:5; that David is saying he (and God) hate evil people. This is NOT what this scripture is saying; it says God hates the evil, not the people; cont.

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