The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his rules were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
For you save a humble people,
but the haughty eyes you bring down.
Comment: We must be careful in life to look at short passages in the context of the whole – no matter what we are listening to or reading. Because of the universality of sin among the human race, and God’s holiness, the Bible makes it perfectly clear that it is truly only by the Grace of God that they we can be forgiven and saved! But that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t see what is the basic tenor of the life of a person, and act in response to that character. David knew that he was in many ways a rotter at the bottom of the barrel (Ps 51) but nevertheless he sought to know and walk in the way God had prescribed in His law. God sees those set on wickedness; living in arrogant haughtiness or humility; those who do or don’t have mercy; who truly are tortuous in their deviant living – and He is prepared to act accordingly.
Prayer: Thank You for Your Grace to us, Lord Jesus.