I have been praying through a Psalm each day, as part of my time with the Lord. I came to Psalm 19 and my thoughts focused in on my own sanctification, and the need for God’s servants and shepherds to walk in holiness before the Lord.
The Psalmist, David, is dwelling on the glory of God in creation, and the beauty and power of the Word of God.
In the concluding verses of the Psalm, he sees himself in light of who God is, and responds to it.
v12 Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults.
When he encountered God, he had a holy fear of Him. Back in v9 he wrote, the fear of the Lord is pure.
He is concerned with his unintentional sins. I would liken this to many of the things we carelessly do, that obstruct God’s glory in our lives.
v13 Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent and cleansed from blatant rebellion.
He goes a step further and recognizes the willful, blatant rebellion that he was capable of. These are the purposeful decisions we are capable of making in disobedience to God. David asks God to keep him from those and not let them reign over him so he would be pure before Him.
Then he concludes the Psalm.
v14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
There is a spiritual progression in the Psalm that should help us in our sanctification.
- Understand God for who He is, and fear Him.
- Live a life of repentance and be aware of unintentional and intentional sins.
- Then, the meditation of our hearts, and the overflow of our words, will be acceptable to God.