Abraham Lincoln said: "I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
John McKay, NFL coach said: "I am a big believer in the 'mirror' test. By that I mean that you shouldn't worry about the fans or the press or trying to satisfy the expectations of anyone else. All that matters is whether you [can] look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there that you've done your best."
There are 2 things that can help us greatly in endeavoring to be transparent: (1) personal accountability and (2) a spiritually sensitive conscience.
There are 2 possibilities with regard to Psalm 26 and when it was written. (1) During the rebellion on the part of Absalom while David is in Mahanaim, north of Jerusalem about 65 miles. He is there awaiting the outcome of Absalom's attempt to overthrow his kingdom. (2) During the time of famine because of the Gibeonites. After David came back from exile to resume his responsibility as king, there were 3 years of famine. This experience is during the final years of David's reign.
There is a close relationship between this psalm and the previous one, Psalm 25. We have the teaching in Psalm 25 and the test in Psalm 26.
Psalm 25:4, 5: "Show me your ways, O lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long" (NIV).
Psalm 25:9: "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way" (NIV).
David is late in the game here. I believe the later you get in life, the more intense you become about being on track and doing things right.
"Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering."
David's first petition is "Vindicate me, O Lord." Since David did not have anything to do with Saul's treatment of the Gibeonites, he is asking to be vindicated. The other possibility is that in the situation with Absalom, he is crying out to God to vindicate him in these circumstances.
Psalm 119:42: "then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word" (NIV).
Job 42:7: "After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, 'I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has'" (NIV).
Isaiah 54:17: "'no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the Lord" (NIV).
Psalm 25:21: "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you" (NIV).
The Lord answers this petition when He is talking with David's son Solomon in
I Kings 9:4: "As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my degrees and laws" (NIV).
Following the petition "Vindicate me, O Lord" is the reason" "For I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering." There are 2 reasons given: (1) "I have led a blameless life" and (2) "I have trusted in the Lord without wavering."
You will notice he says "I have led a blameless life." He does not say "I have led a sinless life."
The second reason he is asking the Lord to vindicate him is seen in the final phrase of verse 1: "I have trusted in the Lord without wavering."
Psalm 57:7: "My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music" (NIV).
The key to not wavering is to stay focused on the Lord.
Hebrews 12:2: "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (NASB).
Warren Wiersbe says: "People can hurt you with false accusations, but you need not let slanderers defeat you. If you walk with integrity, your character will shield you. Keep yourself pure and avoid compromising situations. When someone slanders you, God's grace, His Word and His truth will protect you.
David in essence is saying, "I'm a Glad Wrap Christian! You can see right through me! I'm certainly not a Reynolds Wrap that covers everything from view."