The Case for the Defendant - Psalm 26:1

Text:  “Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
      Isaiah 1:18.

Good morning, Christian on constant trial!  Day and daily, you and I as true, Spiritually regenerate Christians, stand continually accused of faults, failings, and sin.  Fact.  Our constant accusers are our gravest enemies: the world; the flesh; and the Devil.  Yet, too often we also suffer at the hands, or in many cases the tongues, of ‘other professing Christian believers‘!  In all such circumstances, we seem to be perpetually ‘on trial’ in the court of daily life.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part His is glorified.”  (1 Peter 4:12-14)

“Title: ‘A Psalm of David’.  The sweet singer of Israel is before us in this Psalm as one enduring reproach; in this he was the type of the great Son of David and is an encouraging example to us to carry the burden of slander to the throne of grace.  It is an ingenious surmise that this appeal to Heaven was written by David at the time of the assassination of Ish-bosheth by Baanah and Rechab to protest his innocence of all participation in that treacherous murder.  The tenor of the Psalm certainly agrees with the supposed occasion, but it is not possible with such a slender clue to go beyond conjecture.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 131)

Ish-bosheth Definition: ‘man of shame or humiliation‘, the youngest of Saul's four sons, and the only one who survived him. (2 Samuel 2-4). His name was originally Eshbaal (1 Chronicles 8:33; 9:39). He was about forty years of age when his father and three brothers fell at the battle of Gilboa. Through the influence of Abner, Saul's cousin, he was acknowledged as successor to the throne of Saul, and ruled over all Israel, except the tribe of Judah (over whom David was king), for two years, having Mahanaim, on the east of Jordan, as his capital (2 Sam. 2:8). After a troubled and uncertain reign he was murdered by his guards, who stabbed him while he was asleep on his couch at mid-day (2 Sam. 4:5-7); and having cut off his head, presented it to David, who sternly rebuked them for this cold-blooded murder, and ordered them to be immediately executed. (2 Samuel 4:9-12)  (Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary)

Verse1.“Judge me, O Lord.  Such an appeal as this is not to be rashly made on any occasion; and as to the whole of our walk and conversation (entire life-style), it should never be made at all except as we are justified in Christ Jesus: a far more fitting prayer for a sinful mortal is the petition, Enter not into judgement with Thy servant.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 131)

It is God’s good grace and mercy that prevents Him from both hearing and answering some of our more foolish petitions - as in the case of Elijah when he prayed, ‘O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.’  (1 Kings 19:4-8)

Verse 1. “…For I have walked in mine integrity.  He held integrity as his principle and walked in it as his practice.  David had not used any traitorous or unrighteous means to gain the crown or to keep it; he was conscious of having been guided by the noblest principles of honour in all his actions with regard to Saul and his family.  What a comfort it is to have the approbation of one’s own conscience!  If there be peace within the soul, the blustering storms of slander which howl around us are of little consideration.  When the little bird in my bosom sings a merry song it is no matter to me if a thousand owls hoot at me from without.” 

“I have trusted also in the Lord.  Why should I steal when God has promised to supply my need?  Why should I avenge myself when I know that the Lord has espoused my cause?  Confidence in God is a most effectual security against sin.”

“Therefore I shall not slide.  Slippery as the way is, so that I walk like a man upon ice, yet faith keeps my heels from tripping and will continue to do so.  The doubtful ways of policy are sure sooner or later to give a fall to those who run therein, but the ways of honesty, though often rough, are always safe.  We cannot trust in God if we walk crookedly; but straight paths and simple faith bring the pilgrim happily to his journey’s end.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 131)

As Christians, we cannot do evil and expect good to come from it - ever!

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; )for He is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
(Hebrews 10:22-24)

Thought: As regenerate Christians, walking daily with integrity - we walk continually in God’s Presence.  In His Presence is fullness of joy.  (Psalm 16:11)

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