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Examining the Heart – Psalm 26

Queen Victoria was in the Highlands, visiting her subjects. She stopped at the cottage of an old woman, sitting for a few moments in an old armchair. When the group left, someone told the woman who her visitor was. She was overtaken by the thought of her esteemed visitor, the honor which was given her and she took up the old armchair and carried it to a spare room, saying, “No one shall ever sit in that chair again, because my queen sat in it.”

How much more sacred should we keep the place in our hearts where our Savior and Master dwells? Let us examine our hearts in light of David’s words from Psalm 26.

CALL FOR JUDGMENT – 26:1-3:

There are four commands/calls on God in these first two verses:

Command #1 – “Vindicate” – “judge” Why?

For I have walked in my integrity. tom means “perfection, purity, innocence.”

and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

David’s life was a balance between faith (“trusted”) and works (“walked”) with the right motivation thrown in (“integrity”).

Command #2 – “Prove” – “to test metals by melting; metaph. to examine, put to the test”

Command #3 – “Try” – “to put someone to the test, to give experience, train”

Command #4 – “Test” – “to smelt, to refine (by smelting); to sift”

heart – “kidneys; innermost, most secret part of man”

mind – “heart, one’s inner self; inclination, disposition”

Why? For your steadfast love (he-sed – “loyalty, joint obligation, faithfulness, goodness, graciousness”) is before my eyes,

and I walk in your faithfulness (emet – “firmness, trustworthiness, constancy, duration”)

MY ASSOCIATIONS – 26:4-5:

What I do not do…

Sit with men of falsehood.

Consort with hypocrites

Hate the assembly of evildoers

Sit with the wicked Cf. 1 Corinthians 15:331 Corinthians 15:33
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33 Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.

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MY INTEGRITY – 26:6-7:

I wash my hands in innocence (niqqaywon – “cleanness, whiteness, guiltlessness, purity”)

I go around your altar, O Lord

Proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,

and Telling all your wondrous deeds (pl’ – “to do something wonderful, to be too difficult, to be unusual, miraculous acts”).

CONTRAST BETWEEN HIS LOVE AND WHAT OTHERS LOVE – 26:8-10:

I love the habitation of your house

the place where your glory (kabod – “heaviness, burden, riches, reputation, glory, honor”) dwells.

What is the house of God today? 1 Timothy 3:151 Timothy 3:15
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15 but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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. What does it mean to love the house of God? How is that viewed practically speaking? 1 Thessalonians 3:11-131 Thessalonians 3:11-13
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11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you: 12 and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you; 13 to the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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Command #5 – Do not sweep my soul away with sinners nor my life  with bloodthirsty (dam) men.

in whose hands are evil devices,

and whose right hands. cf. 2 Corinthians 6:16-182 Corinthians 6:16-18
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16 And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, 18 And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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LET’S CONCLUDE WITH WORSHIP – 26:11-12:

“But as for me” – let us separate ourselves from the world…

“I shall walk in my integrity”

Command #6 – “redeem me”

Command #7 – “be gracious” to me

My foot stands on level ground Cf. 1 Cor. 10:121 Cor. 10:12
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12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

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In the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

When we are redeemed by the grace of God and are made innocent by the blood of Christ, the natural reaction will be blessing/worshiping God.

–Paul Holland