Judge Me, O Lord!
* Psalm 26 probably written in time of crisis for David. Is a prayer for divine examination.
* Divided into three parts: Author’s integrity (v.1-2), evidence (v. 3-8), plea for God’s mercy (v. 9-12).
1. David affirms his integrity (vv. 1-2).
* Asks to be proved like metal.
2. David offers evidence to support his claim (vv. 3-8).
* God loves those fashioned in His image (Gen. 1:26-27).
* He isn’t willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9).
* III John 4 –
* David recognized connection between worship and daily living. There must be consistency in Christian living!
- Jer. 7:
* Our actions are important for we’re judged by them (Matt. 7:20).
3. David concludes with a prayer (vv. 9-12).
* David prays that when “harvest” comes, he not be counted with the wicked (v. 9).
* We must rely on God’s mercy to sustain us.
* We must be in the world, but only to evangelize it, not to partake of its evil.
* We should be willing to have God examine us.
R.W. McAlister 12/28/08 p.m.