The Bible – Old Testament
Of David. 1 Grant me justice, LORD! I have walked without blame. In the LORD I have trusted; I have not faltered.
Test me, LORD, and try me; search my heart and mind.
Your love is before my eyes; I walk guided by your faithfulness.
I do not sit with deceivers, nor with hypocrites do I mingle.
I hate the company of evildoers; with the wicked I do not sit.
2 I will wash my hands in innocence and walk round your altar, LORD,
Lifting my voice in thanks, recounting all your wondrous deeds.
LORD, I love the house where you dwell, the tenting-place of your glory.
Do not take me away with sinners, nor my life with the violent.
Their hands carry out their schemes; their right hands are full of bribes.
But I walk without blame; redeem me, be gracious to me!
1 [Psalm 26] Like a priest washing before approaching the altar (⇒ Exodus 30:17-21), the psalmist seeks God’s protection upon entering the temple. ⇒ Psalm 26:1-3, matched by ⇒ Psalm 26:11-12, remind God of past integrity while asking for purification; ⇒ Psalm 26:4-5, matched by ⇒ Psalm 26:9-10, pray for inclusion among the just; ⇒ Psalm 26:6-8, the center of the poem, express the joy in God at the heart of all ritual.