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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #95
Posted: September 8, 2006

PSALM 26:4-8

Let us again look to Psalm 26.  This Psalm was probably written when David made amends with the Gibeonites for the unholy dealings of Saul.  David opens himself up to the Lord for intense examination.

We look this week at the 2nd and 3rd stanzas.  In verses 4-5 we find ‘A Hearty Overcoming’.  In verses 6-8 we find ‘A Heartfelt Overflow’.  Our text saysI have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.”

In verses 4 and 5 David expresses ‘A Hearty Overcoming’.  He has not ‘sat with vain people’.  These are people of the world who pursue after empty adventures.  A man is known by the company he keeps.  We are open for honest slander when we keep company with the world.  We must see, speak, and trade with the world, but we must not take our rest with them.  David also says in verse 4 that he has ‘no company with dissemblers’.  This is our word for hypocrites or pretenders.  Thomas Adams said, “They are like a dung hill covered with snow or a lying hen that cackles when she hath not laid an egg.”  Let us remember that those we keep company with in this world may be our company in the world to come.  “Those who would be transfigured with Jesus must not be disfigured by conformity to the world.” (Spurgeon)

In verse 5 David continues his ‘Hearty Overcoming’.  He ‘hates the congregation of evil doers’ and won’t ‘sit with the wicked’.  Let what God hates be the focus of what we hate.  A rotten apple in a barrel will not keep the barrel ripe.  A rusty piece of armor cannot keep a shining piece free of rust.  If you lay down with the dogs you are more than likely to get fleas. 

In verses 6-8 we find David’s ‘Heartfelt Overflow’.  In coming into God’s presence David says he has ‘washed his hands in innocency’.  The word ‘innocency’ means cleanness or blameless.  The washing of hands speaks of purity in the life both the seen and the hidden life.  Paul said, ‘Lift up holy hands when we worship’.  The indication is that the hands are clean.  David is ‘compassing the altar’ in preparation of worship. 

In verse 7 we notice his worship is the ‘voice of thanksgiving’.  What greater thing can we do than give thanks?  The gross sins of Romans 1 were uncleanness, vile affections, and a reprobate mind.  This is where we find Bible teaching on the homosexual and lesbian life style.  These sins had their roots in an unthankful spirit. (Romans 1:21)

David tells with an overflowing heart all of God’s wondrous works.  These are works that are distinguished above others and too high to hide.  Oh, let us not keep quiet about what our Lord has done for us.

In verse 8 David’s ‘Heart Overflows’ about his love for the house of God.  Oh, how we speak of the places we have been and the things we have seen.  There is no place like our local assembly.  David says it is the place where His ‘honour dwelleth’.

It was conveyed to an elderly deaf lady one day the question, ‘Why do you come so faithfully to the house of God when you can’t hear anything that is said?’ She replied, ‘I came because it is how I feel the Lord’s presence.’

Oh, let His children have clean hands before Him, go to His house and let our hearts overflow in worship.  He is worthy of all our glory and honor.  

 

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