Psalm 26 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 26)

Verse 1

[1] Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

Trusted — I have committed my cause and affairs to thee.

Verse 3

[3] For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

For — I dare appeal to thee, because thou knowest I have a deep sense of thy loving-kindness, by which I have been led to love and obey thee.

Verse 4

[4] I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

Sat — Continued with them. I have been so far from an imitation of their wicked courses, that I have avoided their company.

Vain — With false and deceitful persons.

Go in — Into their company.

Verse 6

[6] I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

Compass — Approach to thine altar with my sacrifices: which I could not do with any comfort, if I were conscious of those crimes, whereof mine enemies accuse me.

Verse 8

[8] LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

House — Thy sanctuary and worship.

Honour — Thy glorious and gracious presence.

Verse 9

[9] Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

Gather not — Do not bind me up in the same bundle, or put me into the same accursed condition with them.

Verse 12

[12] My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

Standeth — I stand upon a sure and solid foundation, being under the protection of God's promise, and his almighty and watchful providence.

Congregations — I will not only privately, but in the assemblies of thy people celebrate thy praise.