Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the Lord. Psalm 26:9-12
King David was trying to distance himself from the hard core sinner/wicked person. He knew the sin he committed and the price he had to pay for that sin. But he also knew who saved him. He knew that he didn’t have to wallow in the sin and make it worse. He was relaxed knowing that his good deeds and leadership were not what made the difference.
David’s story is very similar to ours even though we have never had the power and wealth David had. It’s similar because David was a sinner and redeemed by the Grace of God. So were we.
David struggled with wanting to call down fire from heaven to incinerate his enemies. We occasionally have such thoughts.
But David also knew where he could go to relieve that stress and anxiety. Well, we can go to the same place.