The psalmist cried out for vindication from his enemies. He asks God to test him and to try him as a means of proving he is worthy of God’s rescuing hand. In the midst of a trial or unpleasant experience we often have similar thoughts – I have followed your ways God, I have been faithful in worship, I have given my gifts – so why is this happening to me?
The psalmist also uses the company he keeps as leverage point. He makes his case that he does not hang out with the evil doers, with the wicked. He reminds God that he loves God’s home, that he loves to spend time in the sanctuary. Our arguments fall along the same lines.
In the psalm we also find our true strength in the midst of the storms. He proclaims praise for God and tells of God’s wonderful deeds. In doing so he remembers a God who loves and cares for His people. He reminds himself and God that he leads a blameless life. Our God too is a loving God, a God who cares for us in the midst of our trials.
The psalm ends with “my feet stand on solid ground.” When we are in a relationship with God we too stand on solid ground. Even when life is storming all around us, we stand firm on the solid rock of Jesus. Despite all that life throws at us, we can stand assured that in the end whether the trial or life itself, we will be triumphant because we stand upon our faith.
Scripture reference: Psalm 26