Daily Devotional: Psalms 19:12-14
12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
When we become a new person in Christ it does not mean we never sin again. It does mean we have been changed from within. Our overall desire is that we do not sin ever again. However, as Paul describes in Romans chapter seven, we still find ourselves going against the will of God in our actions. Weak as we are in the flesh, we still sin from time to time. Like the Psalmist David, we pray for help that we be kept from willful sin and that our hidden faults be forgiven, while also being made known to us so we can turn from them. We want to please God.
The wonderful news is that even though we sin, we are forgiven in Christ. The law of sin and death is that sin must be punished by death. Since Christ died in our place, we are no longer subject to this law. John describes it by saying that as we walk in the light (living in the Spirit), the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us. So there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Jude warns us to never allow the grace of God to become a license to sin. Just because God promises to forgive does not mean sin does not matter. Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! We have died to sin so we cannot continue to live in it. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins so they will not rule over me. I am so thankful for your love shown to me in Jesus Christ as my Savior and also as my Lord. Help me keep my eyes on you, on Jesus and on the things above that I may follow his example in my life. Fill me with your love, a love for you above all else but also a love for others, even my enemies. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus.