V for Vindicate

When I read this my first impression was “WOW” just wow.  David is the man (other than Jesus ) I want to be like.  He seems so flawless.  He upholds the law, is pure in heart, shuns evil, and is righteous.  He even asks God to test him to verify his integrity.  That takes some balls.

I see this Psalm sort of like a case being brought before a judge.

Opening Statement:

1 Vindicate me, LORD,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD
and have not faltered.
Test me, LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

David brings his case before God.  He discusses what he does not do and what he does do.  Evidence here:

4 I do not sit with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, LORD,
proclaiming aloud your praise
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Closing Statement:

8 LORD, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.