Title: Blamelessness, yes, Righteousness by Faith
Key Verse: 1
In the opening verse of this Psalm, King David asks for God's vindication boldly. He says that he has led a blameless life. Wow, what a statement! Who can say they are utterly blameless and ask to stand before God and receive His defense? As I read on, though, David gives a reason for his blameless life: "I have trusted in the LORD without wavering."
In Romans 3:22, Apostle Paul puts it this way: "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe."
David and Paul both understood that they need saving grace. And they know that it is not by good deeds or smart ideas that lead to this justification and salvation. It comes through faith, through trusting, through relying on God and living in a way that pleases Him. How does David act, then? Well, he says a number of things.
King David says that he:
-puts God's love before him always
-walks continually in God's truth
-does not spend time with deceitful men or hypocrites
-does not enjoy the company of evil-doers or wicked people
-washes his hands in innocence by sacrificing to God
-sings God's praises
-talks about God's wonderful deeds
-loves God's house (the temple)
Because David seeks the way of the LORD, walking with God, and trusting in His mercy, his heart is at peace. He does not have to worry about sins he committed. No, he knows that his repentant heart has been accepted and he can be made pure by God's wonderful grace.
When one is assured of their hope in this, they can bravely ask God to "test me, try me, examine my heart and my mind." This is what the Holy Spirit does, showing believers where sin still lurks and refining them to be more and more like Christ. This is sanctification work. It is very exciting! I am finding that as I grow, I long to do more of the things that please God. This is not because I am trying to do all kinds of good things. It is simply a natural reaction to the work of the Holy Spirit. :) Praise God! He is answering my Key Verse Prayer and the Prayer of Solomon - incline my heart to You, and lead me back to your living water.
One Word: Righteous and Blameless by Faith