Cleanse Me From My Secret Sins (Psalm 19)


9 The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, [And] in keeping them [there is] great reward. 12 Who can understand [his] errors? Cleanse me from secret [faults]. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous [sins]; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

PSALM 19:9-14


There is a lot to this Psalm. It charts the revelation of God from “General Revelation” of God in creation, to the “Special Revelation” of God through His word/ law, to the “Personal Revelation” of God as David applies what he knows of God to his own heart. That last part is where I spent the most time meditating today.

Our understanding of God’s character through our understanding of an ordered world and the scripture should lead us to a desire to know God personally. We should recognize the greatness and grandeur of God in creation. We should also note that our sins keeps us from knowing God fully. We are fallen creatures.

It is out of this applied word that David cries out for God to examine the sin in his life. He wants deliverance from secret sins. Often the closer to God we are, the more we recognize sin in our lives. Sometimes sins are secret because we haven’t examined parts of our lives or held them up to the standard of God’s Word. David doesn’t want sin to rule over him anymore.

He calls out for deliverance from arrogant/willful sins. Sometimes we are prone to sins such as unjust expressions of anger. David doesn’t want to be held in “Sins dread sway.” Sometimes these types of sins cling to us, they hold on to us and are hard to release because once we have let go of them we find them attached to us in a different area. He discusses the enslaving nature of such sins.

It’s the little things that lead us into bigger things. A little disobedience leads us into a greater disobedience. When we are unfaithful with small things, we will be unfaithful with larger things. When we are faithful with the small things, we can be trusted with bigger things.

David wants God to search his heart and cleanse him from his iniquity. He doesn’t want to leave any part of his life dirty, he wants the full cleansing power of God’s word to wash over him and make him new. Shouldn’t we all want the same thing. God knows our hearts.


Father, search my heart. Examine my life. Look into my inner thoughts. Whatever isn’t of you; Whatever hinders me from understanding and receiving your grace; I pray that you remove it. I don’t want to have anything between you and me. I want to walk blameless in your sight. May the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I’m reading and blogging the Psalms Through The Summer. I’d love for you to join me. You can find out a little more here.

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