A Psalm of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip. Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your loving kindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites. I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked.
I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD, That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.
LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells. Do not gather my soul with sinners, Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, In whose hands is a sinister scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.
But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful to me. My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the LORD.
This is a very interesting Psalm in which my first reactions were to read and move on to #27. Somewhere, I sensed a 'not so quick, Johnny Boy', reread the passage several more times and began to let it soak it. A question: how many of the readers of my musings are parents? How many have had children, whether juvenile or adult to go to them for advise? How did you feel when that happened?
We now have three adult children who will (some what infrequently) come to one of us with a search for advice. WOW! It may be stretching the point to classify that as worship, but it certainly ranks high on my 'respect for old dad' scale.
Does not our triune God cherish those times when one of His own comes to Him in prayer seeking wisdom and guidance when faced with a difficult problem. Wasn't David doing something of this sort in the Psalm? Maybe I need to be considerably more vigilant to utilize similar opportunities? How often do I pray for wisdom and guidance?
Morning Psalm 129, Noon Psalm 119:169-176, Evening Psalm 68