Psalm 26: Plea for Justice

If we are blameless, why should we suffer? Why should we not suffer?

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Psalm 26:1–2 A song of David.
Vindicate me, Lord, for I am blameless. I have not wavered in trusting you. Put me to the test, and prove the depth of my commitment.
John 15:20 Remember what I said before. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. If they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
1 Peter 3:17 Suffering for doing good, if God allows it, is much better than suffering for doing evil.
King James
Psalm 26:1–2 <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. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

What do we gain by focusing on God’s love and kindness?

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Psalm 26:3 With intense focus on your love and kindness, I remain true to your ways.
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Psalm 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

If we are to “let our light shine” and spread the gospel throughout the world, how do we not associate with liars or deceivers?

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Psalm 26:4–5 I don’t associate with liars or deceivers. I detest the gathering of evildoers and won’t be a part of their plots.
1 Corinthians 5:10–11 I didn’t mean you had to avoid all contact with promiscuous, greedy, cheating, or idolatrous people, because then you’d have to live somewhere outside of this world. I was saying you shouldn’t be hanging out with such people. Don’t be going out to eat and having fun with the abusive drunkard.
Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with those who live in darkness and do evil, but shine the light on them.
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Psalm 26:4–5 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
1 Corinthians 5:10–11 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

How can washing our bodies make us clean on the inside?

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Psalm 26:6–7 I wash my hands to show my innocence as I approach your altar, O God, singing praises and telling all the wonderful things you have done.
Matthew 23:25 ow terrible for you Pharisees and teachers of the Law. Hypocrites! You wash the outside of cups and platters, but you leave the inside dirty, full of greed and wickedness.
John 13:8–10 “You are not going to wash my feet.”
“If I do not,” Jesus said, “we cannot be together.”
“In that case, do not stop with my feet. Wash my hands and my head as well.”
“Those who have bathed need only wash their feet to be clean. You are clean, but not everyone.”
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Psalm 26:6–7 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
John 13:8–10 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet.
Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

If we’ve not seen where God lives, what can make us want to leave where we are to be with him?

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Psalm 26:8 Lord, I long for the place where you live, where your glory shines.
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Psalm 26:8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Since we don’t have to ask people not to do what they would never consider doing, why did King David ask God not to be put among evildoers?

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Psalm 26:9–10 In the continuation of my life, don’t put me with the brutal evildoers, those wicked schemers who bribe people to get what they want.
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Psalm 26:9–10 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

What must we do to stand on solid ground?

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Psalm 26:11–12 I will live blameless before you, so be gracious and rescue me.
On solid ground, I stand among your people to praise you, Lord.
Matthew 7:24 Everyone who not only hears my words but also puts them into practice is like a wise man who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on solid rock.
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Psalm 26:11–12 ut as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: