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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #96
Posted: September 19, 2006

PSALM 26:9-12

Let us turn our attention to the last two stanzas of study in Psalm 26.  Remember, this is a Psalm written during the time when David has appeased the Gibeonites for Saul’s unholy dealings.

The text says,Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.”

In the stanza of verses 9-10 I have entitled it “A Hallowed Obstruction”.  David used in verse 9 the word ‘gather’ which has an earthly as well as an eternal meaning.  The earthly meaning has the idea of ‘to take away from or to keep from or to obstruct ones path toward’.  David is saying LORD if you see me leaning toward sinners do whatever you need to do and obstruct my walk from that path.

I remember the obstructing work in my own life of God giving me a holy hatred for sin.  In the life of John Newton, through the prayers of his mother, God brought him to the point of being a slave to a slave before he could finally write the words, “I once was blind but now I can see, I was lost but now I am found”. 

In verse 10 David mentions the ‘hands’ of the sinner, which are full of mischief and bribes.  We often think of people in the business and political world that fit this mold.  Let me assure us that many in the religious world fall into this category as well.  They are sheep in wolves clothing who are hungry for filthy lucre.  Oh, how the church has taken the money of many and given them a false hope of security.  I am not against using the world’s money if it is given, but let us be clear to tell them that it will do them no good in the world to come.  I wonder if we were honest and told them the truth if they would still be as free hearted to give.  Oh, how the Church of Rome takes so much money yearly with claims that they can help people in eternity or remit sins through masses and confessions.  How utterly deplorable!

The other word for ‘gather’ means to take unto.  David looks to the world to come and to whom he will be gathered with.  You cannot enjoy living in the company of sinners here and expect to live in the company of saints up there.

In the stanzas of verses 11-12 I have entitled it “A Hopeful Order”.  It is here David focuses on a walk of integrity.  It is a clean walk of right living.  How can one walk in that way?  As David did we must run to the tree of redemption and the throne of mercy.  There is help at that tree and upon that throne.           

David closes this hopeful order by magnifying his place of standing.  He claims to stand in the ‘congregation’ of the LORD.  There is an ‘s’ on congregation.  It has the idea of being in the presence of all majesty.  David says he stands in an ‘even place’.  The word ‘even’ means a plain and just place.  David stands in the midst of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Let us remember to be in their presence is to be right.

The world around David thought him wrong for his handling of the Saul situation but the heavenly triune was pleased.  Let us set our hearts on pleasing the world to come and not the world that is around us.