PSALM 19:12-14: “Who can notice every mistake? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep me from sinning. Do not let anyone gain control over me. Then I will be blameless, and I will be free from any great offense. May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my defender.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Who can notice every mistake? The reality of life is that we all have “blind spots“. There are those places in life where we are either too close that we do not see, or something has entered our lives that keeps our vision obscured. Everyone who drives a car has experienced this. You begin to change lanes and quickly swerve back because there was a car in the other lane that you did not see. It was in your “blind spot”. And, tragically, many times we are not able to swerve away in time and an accident results.
I love David’s heart. He was aware of his limitations. How did he deal with them? He cried out to the Lord for help!
- “Forgive my hidden faults. Keep me from sinning. Do not let anyone gain control over me.”
David called upon the grace and mercy of God to keep him from sinning. He did not want to fall into presumptuous sin, nor did he want sin to master and control his life. With God’s help he proclaimed – “Then I will be blameless, and I will be free from any great offense.” And David also knew where sin begins. It does not begin outside of us, it begins within us. It begins in our hearts, whose conditions are exemplified by our words, and in our thoughts, whose conditions are exemplified in our actions. This is exactly what James writes about in his epistle.
- “When someone is tempted, he shouldn’t say that God is tempting him. God can’t be tempted by evil, and God doesn’t tempt anyone. Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15 GW)
Yet, this was not all that David did. Prayer alone will not renew the mind. Prayer alone will not keep us from hidden faults. We must be praying and abiding in the Word of God. The context of these verses is amplified by the declaration that David made before he penned his prayer to the Lord.
- “The teachings of the LORD are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the LORD is dependable. It makes gullible people wise. The instructions of the LORD are correct. They make the heart rejoice. The command of the LORD is radiant. It makes the eyes shine. The fear of the LORD is pure. It endures forever. The decisions of the LORD are true. They are completely fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb. As your servant I am warned by them. There is a great reward in following them.” (Psalms 19:7-11 GW)
Oh, how we need to daily abide in the Word of God. God’s Word renews the soul. God’s Word makes gullible people wise. God’s Word produces rejoicing in our hearts, makes us radiant, helps us see the pathway before us clearly. God’s Word, His commands are pure, true, fair, and more desirable than any of the riches this world has to offer. And here is the key – GOD’S WORD REVEALS AND DELIVERS US FROM OUR “BLIND SPOTS”!
- “As your servant I am warned by them. There is a great reward in following them.”
Lord, this morning, open my eyes through Your Word to see my “blind spots”. As David prayed, forgive me for my hidden faults. Through Your Word, lead me into the pathway of life. Through Your Word, warn me when I am about to wander off course. May the words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart, and the actions of my life – be acceptable in Your sight, O God, my Redeemer!
In Jesus Name!