Read Psalm 26:6-12. 6I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, 7proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. 8O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. 9Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, 10in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. 11But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
David takes on the role of priest in this second half of the psalm. He washes his hands at the bronze laver, offering his sacrifice of thanksgiving at the altar. When God comes through for David he doesn’t stay home. He goes to the place he loves the most, the habitation of God’s house. His dwelling. The tabernacle. Where his shekinah glory dwells. This is where the King will join the great assembly in blessing the Lord.
As we said yesterday there is no self-righteousness here. David knows that his innocence and integrity come from the graciousness of God. The cleansing water of God. The sin cancelling altar of God. The redemption of God. The presence of God. The king stands on level ground with everyone else. Ground made level by the salvation of the Lord.
Like David, we too can love without fear. We can worship with wholeheartedness. We can love the habitation of God, and find joy in praising God in the great assembly. Why? Because Jesus has washed our hands in his living water. He has made us innocent on the altar of his cross. He has made our hearts the habitation of his house, the place where his glory dwells. He has made the ground level before him, allowing us to stand before him without fear of stumbling.
To live is Christ is to dwell with Christ. It is to both be and go to the place where his glory dwells – the church.
Prayer. Jesus, you have washed me and made me innocent. You have filled me with your presence. Help me to love the other glory filled Christians in your great assembly, as we together proclaim our thanksgiving, and tell of your wondrous deeds.
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