It now becomes plain as to what sins David was accused of committing. In Psalm 26:3 we read: “I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.” He is not a companion of evil doers. They are not his friends and companions. He does not walk with them in their deceit and godlessness.
However he does know that he has sinful flesh and has in many ways sinned against God. Therefore he continues: “I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works” (Ps. 26:6, 7).
Today he would write: “I do not deny that I often sin; but I flee to the cross of Christ to wash my sins away. I walk about His cross typically presented by an altar in the temple. I encircle it with the confidence that Christ’s blood washes away my sins. In all this I see God’s wonderful work; and it moves me to tell and sing of my thankfulness to Him.”
How about it? All around us are Christmas lights and decorations. On radio increasingly we hear Christmas carols sung. For weeks the stores have been displaying and advertising Christmas presents. You would think that Christmas is a wonderful day for mankind. It seems to be the greatest day in the year!
For all men that is certainly not true. For most men all this is vain, that is, empty, utterly devoid of thanksgiving to God and of spiritual significance. Let us rather sincerely sing:
My hands I wash in innocence
And seek Thy altar, Lord,
That there I may with thankful voice
Thy wondrous works record.
Is that not our calling on Christmas Day? God’s gift to us must speak to us. Without Christ’s birth that altar in the temple had no meaning; and our hands would never lose their awful guilt. Our gift on Christmas must be thankful praise to God for His gift to us.
Read: Isaiah 55
Psalter versification: 69:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.