“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.” Psalm 26:1
David is writing this psalm and he begins with a huge statement. It almost sounds as if he is claiming that he has not ever sinned. We know that isn’t the case because David sinned with Bathsheba and then had her husband murdered. And that just names two from a long list of offenses in David’s life.
How could that be? How could David write this psalm and claim to be blameless?
Because blameless doesn’t mean without sin. It means that the sin is gone. Repentance has brought forgiveness and God has removed the sin from him. It means that the slate has been wiped clean. The sins have been carried away to a place that cannot ever be reached again. The Psalm 103 says that it is as far away as the east is from the west.
East and west will never meet. Those sins will never be found again.
So, what about us? Can we also claim this blameless state?
The answer is absolutely, because when we confess our sins and ask Jesus to forgive us, He takes it all, casts it away and it will never again be lifted up as blame. It can’t be. It is as far away as the east is from the west. Amazing!
Lord Jesus, it is impossible to understand how you can take my guilt and shame and wash it away. Thank You that it is gone forever and I can say with the psalmist, David, that I am blameless. Thank You for amazing grace.