12. Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults
13. 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
14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer
Analysis added Sunday 7th August 2011
12. “Who can understand his errors?” Many times, we all do things or make mistakes that we are unaware of, or we have failings that we simply cannot see – even though they may be very obvious to other people. David here asks that God would cleanse him from these secret, unknown errors.
13. “Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins”. These are sins committed by being silly, or by taking God and His grace for granted. “Let them not have dominion over me”. This seems to suggest that it is very easy to let these sins “get the better” of us, even as genuine servants of God, as David was.
“Then I shall be blameless” – If God cleanses us from secret unknown sins, and also keeps us from silly sins, then on the whole we might be able to look at our lives and be confident that we are walking blamelessly before God – not perfect, and still capable of making sometimes serious mistakes. These should be very rare “one-offs”, if they happen at all. But on a day by day basis, we can be confident that we are free, or innocent, of these severe mistakes.
14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…Or, dear Lord, please give me wisdom in speaking so that what I say will be acceptable to You and will glorify, and please purify me even within my thoughts. We usually assume that we can get away with thinking whatever we like, and cultivating whatever we like in our minds. However this is not true for at least two reasons. Firstly, the Bible teaches that God will judge us even for our thoughts, and secondly the Bible teaches that actions result from what we cultivate in our minds.
Jesus says in Mark 7v21-23:
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders…
v23: All these evil things come from within and defile a man”
Psalm 66v18 says “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear”
These are reasons why we have to strive for pure hearts and excellent speech, to be worthy carriers of the glory and grace of God, so that His light would shine out through our lives to other people beyond. Amen! 😉