Psalms 26

Declare Me Innocent
King David’s poetic praise to God
1You be my judge and declare me innocent!
Clear my name, for I have tried my best to keep your laws
and to trust you without wavering.
2Lord, you can scrutinize me.
Refine my heart and probe my every thought.
Put me to the test and you’ll find it’s true.
3I will never lose sight of your love for me.
Your faithfulness has steadied my steps.
4I won’t keep company with tricky, two-faced men,
nor will I go the way of those who defraud with hidden motives.
5I despise the sinner’s hangouts, refusing to even enter them.
You won’t find me walking among the wicked.
6-7When I come before you, I’ll come clean,
approaching your altar with songs of thanksgiving,
singing the songs of your mighty miracles.
8Lord, I love your home, this place of dazzling glory,
bathed in the splendor and light of your presence!
9Don’t treat me as one of these scheming sinners
who plot violence against the innocent.
10Look how they devise their wicked plans,
holding the innocent hostage for ransom.
11I’m not like them, Lord—not at all.
Save me, redeem me with your mercy,
for I have chosen to walk only in what is right.
12I will proclaim it publicly in every congregation,
and because of you, Lord,
I will take my stand on righteousness alone!