Psalm 19:12-13 “Who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.”‘
In this Psalm David is declaring how special God’s commandments are and how he loves following them because they are so rewarding, but then he explains how he both inadvertently and purposely fails at times.
Lesson 1: Each person has things in their life that they do wrong that they are unaware of. It could be a personality problem, an anger issue, a critical spirit, or whatever. To them it is normal everyday life, but others notice it as not exactly pure and uplifting.
Application 1: First, each individual should be aware that they have faults they are unaware of and consistently come before the Lord seeking to be purified in those areas. Second, other people should be aware that everyone is in the same boat–that is, having faults we are unaware of–and not pounce on those areas of a person’s life with the intent of judging them and telling everyone else what they see. As brothers and sisters we can, and should, help each other out by lovingly bringing these issues to one another’s attention (that person), for the purpose of reconciliation and better unity as a body of believers.
Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”
Lesson 2: We all sin on purpose and these faults are a greater problem because we are aware of them. These rebellious acts that we choose to embrace knowing full well that the Lord is not pleased, are a fact of life and need to be dramatically confronted ASAP. Others can (and should) point them out directly, but since we are aware of them, unless we take the initiative to repent from them, we usually will not posses the intrinsic motivation to change–we will only be “sorry that we got caught” if someone else points the issue out.
Application 2: Repent immediately. Every second we hold onto willful sin is a destructive separation from God. David knew that if he allowed willful sin in his life that it would take over and “rule him.” We can repent from our willful sins every day (Luke 9:23). This repentance is a complete and utter abandonment of our flesh each day and embracing the Spirit of the Lord in our lives. This is what we are supposed to do. If we want to be close to the Lord and find ourselves loving his law and his grace and his word, then we must be completely under his authority and watch. If we are wanting to hold onto the things that please our bodies and our minds in this temporary life then we will forgo the matchless blessings that the Lord wishes to bestow onto us! The choice is ours.
Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”