Psalm 19:12-14 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.
As I read this Psalm this morning, my heart cried out in agreement with David’s words! Oh how I want to cleansed from “secret faults” or sins that I am unaware that I’m committing. In fact, I want the Lord to make me aware of them. I want to cease all sin, if it is possible to do so.
I also do not want to give in to the presumptuous sins, the ones I know I’m committing. There are times each month when it is easy for me justify a bad temper or ill nature. I don’t ever want to justify sin. I can also justify harsh words sometimes, by saying “I was provoked! It’s so-and-so’s fault!” But the truth is, it is my fault when that happens. I control my tongue, not so-and-so.
Psalm 19:14 is my husband’s life verse and it should be mine, also. 99.9% of the sin I commit is either thinking bad thoughts or saying hurtful words. I want to defeat that sin, but I can only do so with the Lord’s help. May all the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart to be acceptable to the Lord. What is it they say? “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”?
I begin -again – today.