From yesterday, We shift this Psalm’s focus from Moral integrity to religious integrity. In verses ( 3 – 5 ), the beggar created distance from the evil doers. In verses ( 6 – 8 ), the beggar increase the distance from the outside world – This time through the worship. We have moved from the challenges of everyday world with its moral implications, to the realm of the Spirit; The world of alter proclamation and Yahweh dwelling. The Spiritual dimensions consist of many more dimensions of reality beyond what we can see. We cannot see into, the Spiritual world due to the effects of sin, so we think that the physical world we see makes up most of the Universe. This leads us to assume that the authority systems that we see on earth are important, but we miss the parallel authority systems that exist in the Spiritual realm and frequently interact with the authority system on earth.
The former was construed negatively, but the latter is now construed positively. Washing hands with water a rite of purification that symbolized innocence ( verse 6 ). It prepared the worshiper to enter the presence of Yahweh and join the assembly in Worship. In worship the suppliant did what was right before Yahweh: Sing a song of thanksgiving and tell of Yahweh’s wondrous deeds ( verse 7 ). Presumably this included thanksgiving of Yahweh’s involvement in the suppliant’s personal life as well as recounting Yahweh’s deliverance of Israel before returning to pleas that close the Psalm, the beggar makes on final statement of love and dedication to the place where Yahweh’s glory reside. Surely Yahweh’s abode is more pleasant than the abode of the wicked.
” I will wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord, That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all your wondrous works. Lord, I love the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells. ” Psalm 26: 6 – 8.