Vindicate me, O LORD,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
I do not sit with men of falsehood,
nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.
Comment: David seems to be patting himself on the back! David has a special relationship with God. He is God’s man. We know that he made some evil choices and came before God in humility, confession – contrite and pleading forgiveness. Read Psalm 51 for instance. God is happy to claim David as His, and has given him a very special place in the history of eternity as a forerunner of Jesus. But being forgiven by God, doesn’t mean that you can live any way you like. You are still responsible to live a life pleasing to Almighty God. In this brief passage David opens his life before God and says ‘vindicate me, please’. I don’t hear the word ‘vindicate’ used very often. It means to declare free from blame. Surely David knew that he wasn’t perfection personified! How dare he come before God and claim that he walked in integrity, trusted God without wavering! And yet it is true that the Bible uses such terms as ‘new creations’, ‘having cleaned consciences’, being ‘accepted by God in Jesus’.
Perhaps David was doing a very wise thing. He was opening himself to God and inviting God to put His finger on things which needed to be changed, but underneath it all thanking God that He is prepared to vindicate sinners who are walking in the integrity of real faith.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You are a Judging God not letting evil have its way in the long term of eternity!