A Season of Psalms: Psalm 26:1-5
“Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
To whom do you pledge your loyalty? In grade school, I first learned about loyalty when I pledged my allegiance to the United States of America. As I grew older and even now, I still give my loyalty to this great nation and I pledge loyalty every day to God, to my church, to my spouse, and to my children. All have been good to me, much better than I deserve!
In Psalm 25, David pledges his allegiance to God. If you read between the lines of this psalm, we discover that David has been accused of fraternizing with ungodly men and thus being untrue to God. Here he pleads his own defense, saying “I have walked in my integrity and trusted in the Lord without wavering.” How can we know he walks in integrity? Verse 3: “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.” David’s eyes were focused completely on the Lord, despite his accusers in verse 4 claiming that he was associating with liars, hypocrites, and evildoers.
You’ll find in this life that you will be falsely accused and persecuted. In fact, Jesus promised such a life. We have an eternal reward waiting for us in heaven, a reward that will be worth every hardship that we face here on Earth. As the apostle Paul said in Philippians 3, “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Let’s pledge our loyalty to God, and see what He will do in us and through us, for the sake of His glory!
Further Reading: Philippians 3:7-16; Job 2:1-10
Pray with me:
Father, be my Shepherd and my Guide when evil surrounds me, when I’m persecuted and falsely accused for Your name’s sake. May I rejoice to be counted worthy of suffering disgrace for Your great name, since I know that I have an eternal reward waiting for me in heaven above. I give you my heart and my soul, I live for you alone. Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, Lord, have your way in me. In Jesus name, Amen.