Lectionary Reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 26:

Psalms 26 is a prayer for justice and vindication that includes a strong assertion of innocence. Echoing the language of Ps. 1, it serves as a model response of faith for all who hear the injunction of Ps. 1 to affirm the way of righteousness and reject evil.

While different in tone, it is reminiscent of other scriptural testimonies of faith, including those of Joshua (“as for me and my house, we will serve the lord”) and Thomas (“I believe, help my unbelief”).

Christian interpreters have noted the value of this psalm not only to express the confidence of those with a sturdy faith but also as a formative text to grow into by those who aspire to that integrity.


A prayer for reflection:

O God, our Judge and Redeemer, we want to build our house on a rock.
Grant us wisdom to anchor our lives in your love
and the perseverance to live each day in joyful obedience,
no matter what challenges may come.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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