Psalm 19:12 “Who can discern his errors?”
[My inner being is, to a large part, inscrutable and opaque, below the conscious. In there I unknowingly sin with wrong motives, wrong attitudes and wrong desires. These sins are from my flesh, from the inherited residue of sin from past generations, from the subtle working of the devil, from input from the world–and from my giving in to them. These sins are there—but their penalty has been paid in Christ’s death and resurrection, praise be to you, so we can pray:
“Forgive my hidden faults.”
And know that we are forgiven. As I spend time in worship (giving you honor for who you are), you are slowly increasing the depth of understanding of my inner being, showing me more and more of these hidden faults. Then I can knowing confess and reject them so I can obey you in these areas. Praise you for your persistent, patient and powerful work in my life.]
Psalm 19:13 “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.”
[This is where I am fully responsible and where I very much need your grace, your help and guidance, Lord Jesus, my great Shepherd. I thank you that you have prepared me for this struggle, as it says in 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” I have to learn to take up and use what you have provided.
Praise you for the continual upward progress of your transformational work in us that I see daily within and without: the help of the Holy Spirit in warning me, giving conviction, giving insight and protection. You make it possible to give a biblical response to the pressures that push me towards personal sin. As I obey, you are making supernatural responses (praise, denying self, patience and mercy) more natural for me.
You are at work: you are my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my Shield, my Strength, my Stronghold. In you alone is the needed help in the battle with sin, self and Satan, with you alone is there hope, power and victory.]
“Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.”
[Only in you, Lord, only in you is there the possibility of being blameless, without reproach, innocent of great sin. Praise be to you for your unwarranted desire to help, your unearned love, your undeserved grace.
You are marvelous in your Might, great in your Grace and wonderful in your Wisdom as you usher us farther up and further into the freedom, growth and grace of your Kingdom. Glory be to you. Help us to follow you wholeheartedly in this journey.]