Psalms 26: Moving in the Right Direction
David was a man who had to deal with a lot of problems, and in Psalms 26, he sounds rather frustrated with people judging him wrongly.
Psa 26:1 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.
Psa 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Psa 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
He is asking God to now step in and examine his life. He wants God to test his reins. As most of you know, you use the reins to steer the horse wherever you want it to go. David wanted God to see what is driving him to his destination and steering him along the way.
We find the answer in verse three. His eyes are set on the lovingkindness of God. That is where he is directing his attention, and that is where he is aiming for. He wants to become more like God, and that end target is his ultimate purpose.
However, he also wants God to test his heart. He uses the words “integrity” and “truth.” He is trying to figure out if he is in the right place with God. Is he really trying to follow that which is true and right? He also mentions that he is trusting in God. That implies to me that he has made the decision. Following God is the path that he is going to follow.
I think that if we put this all together, we can get a pretty good blueprint for what we ought to be doing. We need to take the points I made in reverse order. First, we need to make sure that our trust is in the right place. Are we following God first? Then, we move on to make sure that we are at the right place with God that now and are moving in the right direction for the future.
If all of these things line up, then we need to continue doing what we are doing. God wants people that have given their lives over to His control.