1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart... 11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; Redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12 My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I shall bless the LORD. (NAS)
Psalm 26 is quite fascinating. David is declaring that his life is one of integrity. He is asking the Lord to check out his heart and mind. He declares he doesn’t associate with evil people or those who deceive others. The Hebrew word “Tom” which the NIV bible defines as blameless means integrity, completeness, fullness, innocence, or simplicity. Integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles: moral uprightness or the state of being whole and undivided.
This seems such a strange thing to say in light of his whole affair with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. He took her while her husband was at war. When he found out she was pregnant he cooked up a plan to cover his immorality. David brought Uriah home from the battle and sends him to be with his wife. Uriah would not go home and enjoy the pleasures of his wife’s company while the other men were sleeping rough in the fields and facing the enemy. When David was told this he sent him back to the front but gave Joab the army commander orders to put him on the frontline. When the battle was fully engaged Joab was to withdraw the other troops leaving Uriah unsupported while fighting the opposition. Uriah was killed when this happened and David took Bathsheba to be his wife. 2 Samuel 11:27 says: “But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD”.
So how can David stand before the Lord and speak of his integrity or blamelessness with what he did to Uriah? There are two reasons: one, he loved the habitation of the Lord’s house or His presence, and two; It is the Lord who is gracious to us and redeems us. We stand in innocence and completeness due to the good work He did in us through His son. Our right standing is not based on our works or our integrity. We fail but He never fails. We stand before the Lord pure and blameless due to His works of righteousness. David loved the presence of the Lord. He was a man after God’s own heart. That does not mean he was incapable of being tempted nor succumbing to the temptations. He did not practice sin or deception. But he did yield to the lusts of his eyes.
When Nathan, the prophet, confronted David with his sin, he said: "I have sinned against the LORD." He did not make excuses or try to cover it up. He came clean and was forgiven. There were consequences as a result of his sin but he was truly repentant. David could boast of his integrity or blamelessness because it was based on the character of God and his trust in Him. We who believe in Christ are complete and innocent because of His great love working in us.
Prayer: “Lord, I thank you that I am vindicated through Christ not by works that I have done. Open my eyes to see and my heart to understand all that I have received in Christ. May I not depend upon my own character and self-righteousness but may I be at peace in what you have done for me.”