“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”

Psalm 26:2-3

Many of the psalms show David’s openness before God. He was not enslaved to perfect performance. Rather, he was set free to love God and enjoy His presence. “I love the house where you live, O LORD” (v. 8). He asks God to look into his heart and mind, to “examine” and “test” him and find him genuine and pure.

But we may wonder how David—one who had failed famously many times—could call himself “blameless.” How could he say he trusted “without wavering”? The answer begins to surface in the last verse of Psalm 26 where David says, “My feet stand on level ground.” David’s feet are on level ground because his Savior would have hands and feet nailed to a cross on a hill at Calvary. David is so utterly confident in the promises and goodness of his God that he knows he’s already made right in the Lord’s eyes, despite his downfalls.

You, too, can be that confident. You may stumble into the temptations that bombard us in this world. But the Lord your God protects your heart and mind like a good parent guarding a little baby.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 26:1-12


The constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the power of Scripture lead us to continual freedom in Christ.

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 15-16
  • Psalm 127
  • 2 Corinthians 8