Verse 1 – Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip.
Verse 2 – Examine me, O Lord, and prove me, try my mind and my heart.
Verse 3 – For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.
How many of us are bold enough that when we go before the Lord, ask Him to try our heart and minds? There should not be long periods of time between prayers. David was consistently worshiping God. If you have that constant fellowship with Christ, you won’t spend a lot of time telling Him about all the “mess-ups.” You will spend the biggest part of time in prayer thanking Him for your deliverance and praying for others.
Verse 4 – I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will I go in with hypocrites.
Verse 5 – I have hated the congregation of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
Evidence of a person’s faithfulness toward God is not only in what is done but also in what is avoided. We are not to avoid the unbelievers, but are you influencing them towards Christ, or are they influencing you away from Him?
Verse 6 – I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
Verse 7 – That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.
Do you take credit for your accomplishments, or do you tell others it was the Lord? Every time we tell another of the good things of God, we are planting seeds in their lives. Others need to hear how it was the Lord who made it all work out.
Verse 8 – Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
God’s house in this verse is either the tabernacle in Gibeon or the temporary dwelling that David built to house the ark of the covenant (2 Samuel 16:17). What goes through your mind as you prepare to go the house of the Lord? Are you excited to be gathered with other believers; are you anxious to see another give their life to Christ; are you anticipating a miracle of healing? All of these answers to these questions should be a strong desire to be in the presence of Jesus every time we go.
Verse 9 – Do not gather my soul together with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
Verse 10 – In whose hands is a sinner scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.
Verse 11 – But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me.
Verse 12 – My foot stands in an even place; in the congregation I will bless the Lord.
Too often we tell all our problems to others who can’t do anything about them anyway. David was not afraid to let others see him praising God. However, if we take our concerns to the Lord in private, it gives us a lot more freedom to praise Him in the midst of the congregation. When praises go up, blessings come down!