Psalm 19 is a powerful Psalm. It’s verses are full of vivid Truth. Psalm 19 shows me, so clearly, the heart of David. (Take a few minutes to read it – I’m sure you will love it too!) The chapter starts off with the following verse –
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
David writes of the magnitude of God’s glory for the first 6 verses. Then he continues by writing about the “law of the Lord” and “the statutes of the Lord” –
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
It’s obvious that David is in awe of the handiwork of the Lord and has a heart to follow the Lord’s statutes because he knows they hold the Truth. But the verses that stand out the most to me in this chapter are –
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” Psalm 19: 12-13
Usually when we think of asking for forgiveness we think about the sins we’ve committed that are at the forefront of our minds. We think of the sins that we KNOW we shouldn’t have committed. We think of the times when we could have totally said no and not fallen for that temptation. And the times when we thought about the negative consequences of a certain decision, but still chose to do the wrong thing. Oh yeah, also those times when we blatantly just didn’t care because it was “fun and everyone else was doing it” – only to remember how horribly wrong it was years later! And the worst are the times when we’ve thought, “God will definitely forgive me. He shows grace” (even typing this makes me cringe). But that’s just reality. Reality is, we are sinful beings. Meaning we are FULL of sin. Ugly sin. And sometimes it’s ugly sin covered up in lies (more sin) so that it seems like pretty sin. But David, THE man after God’s own heart, remembers that there is so much more than just the sins he can remember. He knows, with no doubt, that he is guilty of so many sins. He says to the Lord, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” He knows they’re there – those secret faults. He just can’t see them.
Humility check – Am I humble enough to KNOW that I, too, am guilty of secret faults? Do I have a heart like David? Can I ask the Lord sincerely, in humility, to cleanse me of ALL of my secret faults?
Most of us know what we struggle with. We know our weaknesses. Sometimes others know our weaknesses too because of our actions or words. But one thing I’ve realized is that the list of my weaknesses could go on forever. Sure, I can write down about 10 weaknesses I know I have. But what about the ones I absolutely do not want to write down? The ones that are kept “secret” in my heart. Be assured that there is One who knows the depths of our hearts AND loves us anyway. Our Heavenly Father knows our secret faults. And if we don’t have the strength to deal with those faults – we must remember He is our Strength. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'” 2 Corinthians 12:9 We can’t do it on our own, as much as we’d like to think we can – we can’t. The strongest we think we could ever be, can’t even begin to compare to the strength of our Lord and Savior who dwells in us.
And for the truly secret faults, those that we’ve never seen as an issue and that we are oblivious of – let’s ask Him to cleanse us. He totally wiped us clean from the lives we were living as slaves to sin. He can and will cleanse us from our secret faults. We are victorious over sin solely because of the selfless act Jesus Christ performed for us on the Cross of Calvary.
May our prayer always be:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Let’s continuously ask the Lord for humility. Let us always remember that only He can cleanse us of our secret faults.
Seek the Lord and wait for what He has in store; and know that great is your reward. So just be hopeful. (Song of the Week – Clear the Stage by Jimmy Needham)