Psalms 26

(By David.)

The Prayer of an Innocent Person

1Show that I am right, Lord!

I stay true to myself,

and I have trusted you

without doubting.

2Test my thoughts and find out

what I am like.

3I never forget your kindness,

and I am always faithful

to you.

4I don't spend my time

with worthless liars

5or go with evil crowds.

6I wash my hands, Lord,

to show my innocence,

and I worship at your altar,

7while gratefully singing

about your wonders.

8I love the temple

where you live, and where

your glory shines.

9Don't sweep me away,

as you do sinners.

Don't punish me with death

as you do those people

who are brutal

10or full of meanness

or who bribe others.

11I stay true to myself.

Be kind and rescue me.

12Now I stand on solid ground!

And when your people meet,

I will praise you, Lord.