The opening words of Psalm 26 ( 1 – 2 ) ” Vindicates me O Lord ” – petition Yahweh to act on behalf of the ” beggar ” ( a person who supplicates ). Confident in personal integrity and unwavering trust in God. The beggar anticipates Yahweh will render a verdict of innocence rather than guilt ( verse 1 ). The suppliant’s appeal to integrity does not presume a perfect life. Rather it means a life of COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP of dependence on GOD ALONE and full participation in all the accepted means of RESTORATION God offers –
Acts 3: 21 ” Whom heaven must receive and retain until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holly prophets for ages past from the most ancient time in the memory of man. “
The beggar exposes confidence that Yahweh will find integrity in both outward actions and inward disposition. The beggar hopes Yahweh will grant the plea for vindication, once Yahweh accepts the invitation for examination and finds the individual above reproach.
” Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have expectantly trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and mind. ” – Psalm 26: 1 – 2.