Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, O LORD,”

[You, Lord Jesus, are the One who clears the accusations against me; I am in myself a sinner worthy of condemnation. But you are the One who, in your death and resurrection, bought forgiveness, honor, power and transformation by giving me your righteousness.

Therefore you can and do vindicate me before Satan and his accusations, before myself and before others. It is your righteousness that declares my innocence: “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Rom. 8”:33,34).]

Psalm 26:1b “for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.”

[This I cannot say about myself, Lord. I sin every day; I waver every hour. I need your help in order to be able to trust. And when I do you vindicate me: “Trust in the LORD, and do good… Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday sun” (Ps. 37:3,5,6).

In you, Lord Christ, under your blood, I am blameless and you are leading me on towards trusting you more and more, on to less and less wavering, to consistently praising you in and for all things.

I thank you for your grace and goodness, for your continual working in me, for your good and powerful protection, for your total and effective forgiveness. As you are the One who has the right to declare me forgiven and cleansed, I can and must accept your estimation: as you forgive and accept me, I can forgive and accept myself.

Praise you for the new start every day–actually every minute. I thank you for your grace-filled kindness to me, to your creatures, to your creation.

As we wait for the great and total restoration of perfection, we can heed your call in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” As we focus on and delight in you, you will put into our hearts the right desires and then fulfill them at the perfect time.

Praise you for your great patience, Lord God, waiting until all who are willing to believe are swept into your kingdom, and then you will bring the day of judgment, righting all wrongs and eliminating all evil, ushering in an eternity of Light and Love and unending Life.

I give you glory and honor, Lord, for you are absolutely worthy of it.