Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.
There's something about walking into a cathedral that seems to overwhelm me. A few years ago, on a mission trip to Cuba, our evangelistic team had the chance to tour one of the many cathedrals that dot the island. As we entered, I felt my insignificance as I looked up at the high vaulted ceilings ornately decorated with icons of Bible heroes.
Our group assembled towards the front and began to sing a simple tune, "It Is Well," in Spanish. The words filled the space, passers-by stopping to look and hear (not sure if we were that good, or that bad. Probably the latter). Harmonies and words to God's glory filled the quieted sanctuary. As the last notes fell silent, I felt God's presence press close to us.
In Psalm 26, David the psalmist describes a similar experience. He enters the sanctuary making this declaration, "I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells," and is totally overcome by his unworthiness. He settles back, embracing the presence of God, letting his praise and thanksgiving rise. In that moment God comforts him and he declares, "Redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on a level place; in the congregations I shall bless the Lord." When you're tempted to feel unworthy, seek the presence of the Lord. Call on Him with thanksgiving and praise. He will be with you.
Young Adult Pastor, Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church, Texas USA