05/18/2018 — Psalms Chapters 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

When we read these Psalm we see common threads — the most similar being David’s relying on God alone as his “rock” and for “his rest” (Psalm 62:2 & 5-6.)  What “jumped out” at me for this reading was perplexing at first:

From the NIV — Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, O Lord for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.” Isn’t the author David, who we know has sinned multiple times in his adultery with Bathsheba alone?

Coffman writes ” He does not claim perfection, but does contend that he has “walked in integrity.” He contrasts his life with those who are oppressing him, not by the absolute holiness of God (Kirkpatrick 1906, 137). He professes to have had a sincere heart. The author’s appeal to integrity does not presume a perfect life. Rather, it means a life of committed relationship of dependence on God alone and full participation in all the accepted means of restoration God offers.”2

While I do not usually refer to a “paraphrase” version of scripture  “The Message” translation seems to capture the essence of David’s plea.
1 Clear my name, God; I’ve kept an honest shop. I’ve thrown in my lot with you, God, and I’m not budging.
2 Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out
3 So I never lose sight of your love, But keep in step with you, never missing a beat.

 

 

 

1 comment

  • missliz

    Chapter 62 – Alone – One of the conditions most used by Satan, if allowed. All the more reason to run to the Father. One commentator described God as the invisible company that is constantly present. God – that’s who he is and what he does.

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