Psalms 26
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1  Of David. Vindicate me, Hashem, for I have walked without blame; I have trusted in Hashem; I have not faltered.

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א  לְדָוִד שָׁפְטֵנִי יְהֹוָה כִּי־אֲנִי בְּתֻמִּי הָלַכְתִּי וּבַיהֹוָה בָּטַחְתִּי לֹא אֶמְעָד׃

26:1   Vindicate me

Rarely do we find a psalm which unabashedly calls out to Hashem for judgment. King David teaches us to always be introspective, and to find ways to improve ourselves and to remain humble before God. However, sometimes, when the circumstances are dire and the enemy is at the door, David will turn to God and ask for judgment. David states that he walked with innocence, truth, and praise of Hashem. He did not surround himself with liars, thieves or wicked men. Rather, he encircled the altar of God, speaking His praise and seeking His final home. Ultimately, in a choir of the multitudes David sings out to Hashem for vindication, and awaits His comforting response.3 comments

2  Probe me, Hashem, and try me, test my heart and mind;

ב  בְּחָנֵנִי יְהֹוָה וְנַסֵּנִי צרופה [צָרְפָה] כִלְיוֹתַי וְלִבִּי׃

3  for my eyes are on Your steadfast love; I have set my course by it.

ג  כִּי־חַסְדְּךָ לְנֶגֶד עֵינָי וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי בַּאֲמִתֶּךָ׃

4  I do not consort with scoundrels, or mix with hypocrites;

ד  לֹא־יָשַׁבְתִּי עִם־מְתֵי־שָׁוְא וְעִם נַעֲלָמִים לֹא אָבוֹא׃

5  I detest the company of evil men, and do not consort with the wicked;

ה  שָׂנֵאתִי קְהַל מְרֵעִים וְעִם־רְשָׁעִים לֹא אֵשֵׁב׃

6  I wash my hands in innocence, and walk around Your mizbayach, Hashem,

ו  אֶרְחַץ בְּנִקָּיוֹן כַּפָּי וַאֲסֹבְבָה אֶת־מִזְבַּחֲךָ יְהֹוָה׃

7  raising my voice in thanksgiving, and telling all Your wonders.

ז  לַשְׁמִעַ בְּקוֹל תּוֹדָה וּלְסַפֵּר כָּל־נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ׃

8  Hashem, I love Your temple abode, the dwelling-place of Your glory.

ח  יְהֹוָה אָהַבְתִּי מְעוֹן בֵּיתֶךָ וּמְקוֹם מִשְׁכַּן כְּבוֹדֶךָ׃

9  Do not sweep me away with sinners, or [snuff out] my life with murderers,

ט  אַל־תֶּאֱסֹף עִם־חַטָּאִים נַפְשִׁי וְעִם־אַנְשֵׁי דָמִים חַיָּי׃

10  who have schemes at their fingertips, and hands full of bribes.

י  אֲשֶׁר־בִּידֵיהֶם זִמָּה וִימִינָם מָלְאָה שֹּׁחַד׃

11  But I walk without blame; redeem me, have mercy on me!

יא  וַאֲנִי בְּתֻמִּי אֵלֵךְ פְּדֵנִי וְחָנֵּנִי׃

12  My feet are on level ground. In assemblies I will bless Hashem.

יב  רַגְלִי עָמְדָה בְמִישׁוֹר בְּמַקְהֵלִים אֲבָרֵךְ יְהֹוָה׃

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  • I love the statement "judge me". This means that David is asking Yahweh to bless him for walking in integrity (keeping the Torah). It also means that he will get relief from his accusers when Yahweh rewards him. I also reiterate the words of David in my life; "Yahweh, judge me for I have walked in integrity and trusted in You, and I will not waver in trusting You".

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