David prays in Psalm 26 for God’s recognition of his integrity and for His delivering power to operate on his behalf. While a cursory reading of this psalm could seem almost arrogant (“Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity.”) it really is simply a cry for redemption, as he is facing an onslaught of opposition and competition. David knows that his only hope is in the Lord, so he appeals to Him on the basis of his obedience and his compliance with God’s laws. In this era of law, David was lifting up his own alignment with what God required. He points out his embrace of truth, his shunning of evil doers and hypocrites, his love for the house of God, his refusal to associate with those who offer bribes, etc.
Although the cross provides a new era of grace, it is still vitally important to reverence the law of God and the life of holiness. While living in constant condemnation can be detrimental to the cause of humanity, living with no standard is just as damaging.
“When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.”
This verse of a hymn by Isaac Watts demonstrates the proper humility with which one must approach a king, the Lord of glory, the creator of one’s soul. If we, as individual’s in a fight for what is right, come before God with humility and clean hands, He will guide us, bless us, and keep us.