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