Psalm 26:1-8
1 Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. 3 For I am constantly aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth. 4 I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites. 5 I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O Lord, 7 singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your miracles. 8 I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glory shines.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

In this psalm David talks about his righteousness. We can also have perfect righteousness in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us, “God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. He has been made unto me righteousness as well as redemption.” We can stand complete in Him, acceptable to God because of what Christ has done for us. That is what it means to pray in His name. It is to present His work, His merit, and who He is with our requests. This is a marvelous psalm that speaks of David’s walk. David committed a great sin, but David did not continue to live in sin. What David did once, the king of Babylon did every day. David’s sin stands out like a lump of coal in a snowman because the rest of David’s life was an example of godliness. He became a measuring stick for the kings who followed him. Every king was judged by whether or not he walked in the steps of his father David. If he followed David’s example, he was accepted and proclaimed a good king. You and I can also walk in the example David left for us. We have all sinned greatly against God, but do not let it prevent you from serving Him or living Him. Move forward knowing that with God’s forgiveness, you have the righteousness of Christ.

Have a God Day!