Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression
We are born knowing that certain things are wrong: murder, stealing, and lying for starters. This is because God has put within each of us a conscience-a bit of a moral alarm clock or sin detector. When it comes to our sin, God detects and then protects.
Only God can detect our sin. We all have hidden faults and, at times, all of us are worse than we think we are. Don’t ever say, “If I know my heart…” because you can’t ever fully know it. In fact, you won’t know you are wrong with God unless God reveals it to you. A courtroom can convict you of a crime, but only God can convict you of sin. And where he does this is in the soul.
Only God can protect us from sin. David says in verse 13, “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” Let me give you this mathematical equation:
Sin = an undetected weakness + an unexpected temptation + an unprotected life
To keep us from sin, we need a God who can not only detect our sin, but correct our sin, forgive our sin, and protect us from the effects of our sin. Life is at its best when we are living purely and blamelessly. That sounds impossible! That’s exactly why we need to see God here, there, and everywhere, including within our very souls.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Of all the many miraculous provisions God has made for us, surely the matter of making clear to us our sin with all its consequences ranks near the top. Many people try to deny their sin or, like Adam and Eve, attempt to cover it up. But God has arranged a much, much better way of dealing with sin.
God has built within us a conscience that serves as a “sin detector,” letting us know when we have fallen short. When the sin alarm goes off within us, God then invites us to come running to him—not from him—where we will find the comfort of repentance, confession, and blessed forgiveness.
Truly God’s method of dealing with sin is a divine remedy that only he could design. We must never waste our time denying our sin, hiding our sin, or choosing to be slavishly burdened by our sin. Instead, let’s meet God at the cross of Christ and be done with our sin. It’s really the only way.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.