Psalm 19:12-14 NLT
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Reflection . . .
These words come at the very end of Psalm 19 after a strong declaration of God’s power and might in the first few stanzas, then a focus on the purity and goodness of God’s instructions, His Word.
Here in these verses the Psalmist responds to God’s greatness and the goodness of His Word by a confession that what is inside is not all good, he needs cleansing and forgiveness! It’s a cry for forgiveness from deliberate sins that might control him.
- Have you asked the Lord for that kind of deep cleansing?
- According to verse 14, what do we need to be constantly guarding?
- Are you taking time every day to ask the Lord for cleansing? If not, why not?
Pray and ask Him to show you.
The final words are a petition to the Lord that what all that is within him, in his heart that might come out of his mouth be pleasing.
Ask that of the Lord as well. He will fill your heart from having been forgiven and from the fullness of His love and mercy within, He will be exalted.
Praise my soul, the King of heaven – hymn by Henry Francis Lyte (1834)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King!
Praise him for his grace and favor
to his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Glorious in his faithfulness!