Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:1-40:38 / Mark 9:2-32 / Psalm 26:1-12
There is a reason why our judicial system operates on the foundation of “innocent until proven guilty”. It is an atrocity for the guilty to go free but even a greater injustice for the innocent to be convicted as guilty. We have all personally experienced times in life where we have been misjudged, misunderstood, and the subject of rumors. Man’s motives are not always pure and are susceptible to envy, jealousy, prejudice, pride and hatred.
King Saul falsely accused David of treason, rebellion and disloyalty. David had many opportunities to overthrow Saul’s kingdom and even take his life but he refrained from harming Saul. David honored the office of the king and revered God’s divine selection. Instead of fighting and defending himself against Saul, David fled for his life. David asks of God, “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life, I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.” (Psalm 26:1)
David was falsely accused and desperately desired God to clear his name, justify his life from blame and declare him innocent. He was confident that his life was blameless before God and man. David claimed he was a man of integrity and pleaded his case before God. Some may think David was a bit prideful, arrogant and self-righteous to say he was blameless. Yet David was confident his heart and motives were pure before man and God.
Often times in life it is difficult to discern true motives and hearts. We do not have the ability to measure or look within a persons soul. Our perceptions can be skewed and knowledge limited. Some believe passing judgment upon others is a duty and in a strange way, a privilege. We, like David, must understand that God alone is able to pass true, just and authoritative judgment.
David refrained from vindicating himself and faithfully submitted himself to the authority of King Saul. His life was chaotic and troubled yet he did not lay a hand nor speak against God’s anointed. David was willing and desirous to have God pronounce sentence on his life and pronounce him innocent. He knew what others said about him; he now wanted God to speak on his behalf and vindicate him.
David did not ask God to blindly vindicate him but said, “Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” (v.2) He desired God to examine him and determine his “realness” and integrity. David wanted God to “prove” him and validate his life as either pure or impure.
Like precious gold that is refined and tested in the fire, David asked for the same proving process. We can’t ask God to defend us if we are unwilling to have Him examine our hearts, thoughts, motives and actions. After all, it doesn’t matter what others may think about us. We need to covet what God thinks… and what He knows!