PSALM 26 - Beacon to Safety 27 Nov 2019
In the picture below you can see a beacon on a ship. I assume that it's main purpose is to guide other ships into the safe harbour.
To reach places of safety in life, I too need beacons. Psalm 26 speaks about some. Stay away from the sinners. Do not be void. Do not relate to hypocrites.
On the more positive side there is advice as well. Seek the place of the presence of God, a temple. I need to ask God to test me, so that I timely can correct my walk in life. I need to follow my calling. I need to stand on my path. I have to bless Yahweh in the assembly (I assume church).
Read psalm 26 as a beacon to safety.
1 [Of David]
Yahweh, be my judge!
I go on my way in innocence,
my trust in Yahweh never wavers.
2 Probe me, Yahweh, examine me,
Test my heart and my mind in the fire.
3 For your faithful love is before my eyes,
and I live my life by your truth.
4 No sitting with wastrels for me,
no travelling with hypocrites;
5 I hate the company of sinners,
I refuse to sit down with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence
and join the procession round your altar, Yahweh,
7 to make heard the sound of thanksgiving,
to proclaim all your wonders.
8 Yahweh, I love the beauty of your house
and the place where your glory dwells.
9 Do not couple me with sinners,
nor my life with men of violence,
10 whose hands are stained with guilt,
their right hands heavy with bribes.
11 In innocence I will go on my way;
ransom me, take pity on me.
12 I take my stand on the right path;
I will bless you, Yahweh, in the assemblies.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
A Beacon Ship.