In Psalms 19:13, the heart of the man after God’s own heart cries out that God would keep him from presumptuous sins that have control, dominion, and rulership over him. Wow! What a prayer!
“Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep Your servant back from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be innocent, And I will be blameless of great wrongdoing. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:12-14 NASB).
What are presumptuous sins anyway? The Oxford Languages definition of “presumptuous” says that presumptuous is failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate. To presume is to suppose that something is the case based on some evidence to back it up. To assume means that there is little evidence supporting your guess. However, we must take into account that any evidence backing up a presumption can be off, if we fail to see things as God sees. This is definitely the case when it comes to the presumptuous sin of the fear of man.
The Tanack version of Psalms 19 numbers the verses a bit different, of which Psalm 19:13 says: “Who can discern mistakes?” The “who” that King David is referring to is someone making every effort to keep God’s commandments. “Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:9-11 NASB). “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and follow His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2-3 NASB).
The mistakes in “who can discern mistakes?” are not the same as an error due to carelessness or negligence; but it is an unintentional err due to imperfect understanding and reasoning, which no one is immune. These errors are unknown (blind spots); because a person is unaware of them. We first must be made aware of our mistakes and presumptuous sins before we can correct them.
Additionally, before we pray for God’s help to discern our mistakes and to keep us from presumptuous sins, it is wise to position one’s heart to be humble and teachable… to side with God, even against yourself, if need be. Seeking divine assistance for life’s challenges is always advisable. In fact, part of “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33) is seeking to know our mistakes and presumptuous sins, so we can confess our sins and be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6 NASB).
So let us pray: LORD, I choose to align with Your Perfect Word that restores my soul. I ask for Your pure and eternal Fear of the Lord to be my borders and boundaries, so I may love what You love and hate what You hate. I ask for Your true and righteous judgments in my life. Please help me discern my mistakes, so I can be just like You. Cleanse me from my unperceived faults and keep me from the great transgression of my presumptuous sins. I choose to side with You, no matter what, even against myself, so that the expressions of my mouth and thoughts in my heart finds favor before You, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Give em heaven!!!
Written July 26, 2022 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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