“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
Throughout Psalms, we see evidence that David was not afraid to examine his life. Sometimes, I think that takes more guts than standing before Goliath. No wonder we tend to shy away from opportunities to be alone and silent with God.
In Psalm 19, David was contemplating the holiness of God as expressed through His law, statutes, precepts, commandments, rules, etc. As David considered God’s holiness, he became painfully aware of his own sinfulness. In response to that awareness, David uttered this prayer:
“Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression” (Psalm 19:12-13).
David’s goal was to be blameless and innocent before God, and he realized his only hope for that was for God to grant him forgiveness. Note that David asked God for two specific things: 1) for his hidden faults to be forgiven; and 2) to be kept from willful sins.
David understood that he was guilty of “hidden faults” – sins he had committed either inadvertently, or out of complete ignorance. As mere men, we violate the holiness of God routinely and may not even be aware. But, occasionally, we also willingly, knowingly sin against Him. I’m certainly not proud of it, but there have been times when I said or did things completely aware that I shouldn’t.
Perhaps you have knowingly told a “little white lie,” exaggerated deductions on a tax return, withheld help for a neighbor, or threw in a verbal “zinger” solely to wound someone.
Today, spend some time examining your ways. Then ask God to forgive you of your hidden faults, and to keep you from willful sins. –Dave
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