Ps 26:1-12. After appealing to God's judgment on
his avowed integrity and innocence of the charges laid by his enemies,
the Psalmist professes delight in God's worship, and prays for
exemption from the fate of the wicked, expressing assurance of God's
1. Judge—decide on my case; the appeal
in mine integrity—freedom from blemish
25:21). His confidence of
perseverance results from trust in God's sustaining grace.
2. He asks the most careful scrutiny of his
affections and thoughts (Ps 7:9), or
3. As often, the ground of prayer for present
help is former favor.
4-8. As exemplified by the fruits of divine
grace, presented in his life, especially in his avoiding the wicked and
his purposes of cleaving to God's worship.
6. wash mine hands—expressive symbol of
freedom from sinful acts (compare Mt 27:24).
8. the habitation of thy house—where Thy
house rests, as the tabernacle was not yet permanently fixed.
honour dwelleth—conveys an allusion to
the Holy of Holies.
9. Gather not, &c.—Bring me not to
bloody men—(compare Ps 5:6).
10. Their whole conduct is that of violence
11, 12. But, &c.—He contrasts his
character and destiny with that of the wicked (compare Ps 26:1, 2).
12. even place—free from occasions of
stumbling—safety in his course is denoted. Hence he will render
to God his praise publicly.