Psalm 26 - Prayer of an Innocent
The PS 26 belongs to Book I of the Book of PS, composed of a collection of 150 texts arranged by five poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book I encompasses Psalms 1 to 41. The PS 26 is divided into 12 verses.
The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience. They portray the commoner with his faults, insecurities, fears, and hopes. Even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing.
“There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel”; “The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord.” - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan.
Psalm 26 - Prayer of an Innocent
1 of David.
Do me justice, Lord, for I acted with integrity.
I trusted in the Lord, and I will not falter.
2 Examine me, Lord, and put me to the test;
cleanse my kidneys and my heart.
3 For your mercy is before my eyes,
and I let myself be guided by your truth.
do not associate with false people or associate with traitors.
5 I wouldn’t say I like criminal meetings, and I don’t sit with the bad guys.
6 I wash my hands in token of innocence, and I will surround your altar, Lord.
7 I want to sing a song of praise
and tell of all your wonders.
8 I love, Lord, the interior of your house,
the place where your glory resides.
9 Do not reap my soul with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men.
10 For in his hands is nothing but reproach,
and his right hand is full of bribes.
11 But I act with integrity.
Deliver me and pity me.
12 My feet remain in the straight path;
in the assemblies, I will bless the Lord.
Meaning and interpretation
Psalm 26 is a single prayer of supplication delivered by someone who declares himself a doer of all the rules of good conduct, according to recognized criteria. In his negative confession of possible sins he did not commit, we can discover some of the most sensitive points of an Israelite’s morals.
However, the Psalmist is willing to be examined by God so that the demands of purity asked of those ready to enter the sanctuary are not deficient.
In ancient tradition, the kidneys were seen as a location for feelings and affections; the heart was the location of the mental activity of thoughts and decisions. They are spaces whose meaning implies and compromises the person’s entire activity.
The Psalms of Supplication are very present in the Book of Psalms. They speak of human frailty and the most basic feelings of your human condition—Times of peace and plenty contrast with war and individual or community destruction. The Psalmist pleads for God’s help and asks him to end his situation of affliction, ending with the certainty of having been heard.
In spiritual practice, the supplication and request to God reflect the meaning of prayer, which is the privileged way to establish contact and raise the voice to the Divine. In numerous Psalms, supplication seems to be the most immediate motivation and the greatest concern. When turning to God, the speaker / Psalmist finds tenderness, justice, compassion, reconciliation, purification, and peace.
The narratives and feelings involved in these prayers are varied and basic; they have affected Humanity over the millennia and are still current. They reflect multiple interiors, individual and collective experiences, and the relationship between people and people. They address topics such as the deadly threat of disease, persecution, aging, violence, war, betrayal, loneliness, enemy aggression, and how these feelings alter our consciousness of ourselves, our relationship with others,s, and God.
Situations that prompt supplication can be bitter and desperate, but the Psalms generally express a state of trust and end in thanksgiving. The Psalmist cries out to God for his help and forgiveness in a profound expression of limitless trust in divine compassion and justice. Even the cry of the Psalmist is already a fighting speech, change will, of inner transformation, confidence, and hope for a free future evil, the suffering, and the wicked.
The Psalms of Supplication are classified as individual supplication and collective supplication. Those of Individual Supplication comprise Psalm 3; 5-7; 13; 17; 22; 26; 27; 28; 31; 35; 39; 42-43; 51; 54-57; 59; 61; 63; 64; 69-71; 88; 102; 109; 120; 130; 140-143. and those of Collective Supplication Ps 12; 44; 58; 60; 74; 80; 83; 85; 90; 94; 108; 123; 127.
The Book of Psalms
- Book I - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41
- Book II - 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
- Book III - 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89
- Book IV - 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106
- Book V - 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God
The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the commoner, with his failures, insecurities, fears, and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received.
Despite being written in Antiquity, the Psalms still move, sensitize, awaken feelings, inspire and enchant. In them, we can identify anguish and joy, deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom, and prophetic words.
Written for different situations, some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author’s relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life; others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.
The Book of Psalms comprises a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God.
The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses, and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation, supplication, praise, and gratitude.
- Book I - Psalms 1 to 41
- Book II - Psalms 42 to 72
- Book III - Psalms 73 to 89
- Book IV - Psalms 90 to 106
- Book V - Psalms 107 to 150
The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine
The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine, and prayer is the power of the word. Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word, or image addressed to God is called prayer. Through it, we come into contact with our God within; therefore, it is powerful in transforming life. Prayer can produce miracles, turn dreams into reality, and give us hope for change, harmony, and peace with ourselves and the world.
Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God. For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.
The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for spiritual self-protection, family protection, and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves, from this, peace, well-being, hope, and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.
Faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination. The Psalms will guide you toward peace and communion with higher energy.
- Psalm 2 - God And His Anointed
- Psalm 3 - Certainty Of Divine Help Against Enemies
- Psalm 4 - Trust In God In Tightening Times
- Psalm 5 - Morning Prayer Against Enemies
- Psalm 6 - Supplication Of A Righteous One In Distress
- Psalm 7 - Prayer Of The Persecuted Righteous
- Psalm 8 - Hymn To The Creator Of Man
- Psalm 9 - God, Protector Of The Lowly
- Psalm 10 - Prayer For The Oppressed, Orphans And The Disadvantaged
- Psalm 11 - Trust Of The Righteous In The Equity Of The Lord
- Psalm 12 - Prayer Against The Wicked Who Despise The Faith
- Psalm 13 - Confident Pleading For God's Protection
- Psalm 14 - The Wicked And The People Of God
- Psalm 15 - In The House Of The Lord And The Moral Precepts
- Psalm 16 - God, Refuge, Life And Safety