5/21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
PSALM 26 (NIV)
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.
I do not sit with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
Lord, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
What a bold statement we see here from the writer of this Psalm, King David. He is telling God, “I am blameless.” Really?!? Blameless?!? When I study the life of David, a lot of things come to mind but blameless isn’t one of them! So, how can he say this? I think it’s because David truly understood God’s love and God’s forgiveness. He knew that when he confessed his sins to God, God forgave him. He knew that God wasn’t a grudge holder. So, he could tell God, “God, I’m blameless!!”
Do you understand God’s love and grace like David did? If not, here are a couple of verses you should meditate on.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
– 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
– Psalm 103:12 (NLT)
Lord, thank you for your love and your grace. Thank you that when I ask for your forgiveness for sins, you freely give it and remove it from my life. Thank you for cleansing me and making me righteous through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.