Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind (verses 1–2).
Have you ever needed vindication? David did, and sometimes often. He cried out for it in Psalm 7:2, 17:15, 35:24, 54:1, 57:2, 138:8, and verse 1 of the psalm appointed for this week. Like each of us, whenever he felt falsely accused, attacked, purposely misunderstood, betrayed, or viciously maligned, he longed for vindication. It is natural to want it whenever we experience mistreatment from human or spiritual foes.
But where can we find genuine vindication? In David’s words, the LORD.
Scripture assures us that the LORD surrounds those who know him, and he cares for those who trust him. He is a refuge and shelter (Proverbs 18:10; Nahum 1:7); standing guard over his own, so no weapon formed against them prospers (Isaiah 54:17). With his mighty hand, God upholds the afflicted so turbulent times do not overtake them (Isaiah 43:2). He is the Good Shepherd who nourishes and leads and counsels and protects (Psalm 23:5). The LORD engraved our names on his hands (Isaiah 49:16); and by his power delivers us from mortal and spiritual evil (Psalm 17:8; Matthew 6:13). Along with these promises, he equips us with spiritual armor to stand against every scheme of Satan and man (Ephesians 6:11–19).
David trusted God to vindicate him, but he also took a fierce inventory of his own heart, asking God to uncover any hidden sin and expose any offensive ways (Psalm 18:12–14; Psalm 139:24). May we, like David, make the LORD our source of vindication, and may we ask the LORD to uncover any faults in us, so the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts please him.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.