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26 July 2015

Trinity 8 Sermon: Vindicated

Preached on Psalm 26
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
26 July AD 2015

Title: Vindicated (MP3 Audio)

Rubens: Elevation of the Cross Summary: “Vindicate me,” we cry to the Lord in this Psalm. Yet when we pray the words, we seemingly demand vindication based upon tainted evidence. When we cry, “Prove me, try me, test me,” to God, aren’t we asking for trouble?

Christians, however, do just such a thing for we know that the Father proved, tested, and tried His dear Son on behalf of sinful mankind. Jesus died a sinner’s death not because He was a sinner but because He carried our sins to the cross.

God validated and vindicated His Son by raising Him from the dead. The fruits of Jesus’ suffering belong to all who believe in Him. We are justified and declared to be children of the heavenly Father. By faith, we own the pure heart and righteous deeds of our Savior and are vindicated in the Father’s eyes.

Christ’s heart and mind, His innocence and integrity, His thoughts, words, and deeds, belong to us. Now, as saints by declaration, we ask that God lead us to be saints in essence and in deed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rubens: Resurrection Text: Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.

But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord. Psalm 26

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of the Trinity 8 sermon Vindicated

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Jeremiah 23:16-29; Acts 20:27-38 or Romans 8:12-17; Matthew 7:15-23

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