Monday, May 27, 2013

Psalm 19 - The Trap of Sin

Psalm 19 - The Trap of Sin

I told you not to do that again

Psalm 19

The Witness of Creation and Scripture
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and,
like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and 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 rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.  Psalm 19:12  Our sins are never hidden from God.  We may often hide hide our known sins from others. We as humans often become insensitive to sin.  We tend not to see it in ourselves. God's law is so perfect and righteous and we are so sinful. We as Christians will still sin. We can become so prideful and arrogant that we are blinded to our own sin.  These are our hidden faults. These are our sins that we have hidden from ourselves. These are our sins that we were not aware of when we committed them. These sins are blind spots for us. These may be the sins that surprise us when they just seem to "pop up."  Perhaps when you burn yourself on the stove, or when you trip over the dog,  or drop the screw when you are at the top of the ladder. The law, God's Word, will reveal our sins to us. Sometimes God will choose a friend to point them out to us. When we learn of our sins, we must confess them to God in prayer. The clearer that God's Word becomes to us and the more we study the Scripture, the more we become aware of the holiness of God. When we know God, we will recognize our sins.  This could be the type of sin that Paul spoke of: "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." Romans 7:15

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.   Psalm 19:13  There are times when we know full well that what we are doing is a sin.  Some times we are aware of God's will, but we openly choose to defy God.  We sin on purpose! That is a presumptuous sin.   I may be wrong, but I think this is what Sinatra was singing about in his ode to pride:
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way! 
David, unlike the lyrics of the Sinatra tune, asks God (probably on his knees) to not let the presumptuous sins have dominion over him. David asks for the power not to commit these sins. Our presumptuous sins, purposeful sins, will end up trapping us.  We will become a slave to these sins. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.  2 Peter 2:19  Pride will allow you to think you are more than what you really are. Pride will make you believe that you can do it your way.  You are either controlled by the Word of God or by sin. David prays for cleansing, for acquittal, and for God to render him guiltless.

I understand that there are 613 laws in the Old Testament. That is a lot of gold and honey. I am sad to say that when I read through the Bible I do not find laws and the genealogies very exciting or interesting.  I scan over them quickly, giving them but little thought.  Today there is estimated to be more than 2,000,000 laws in the United States.  On the first day of every year many new laws become official in the U.S.A. and it territories. On that first day in 2010, there were 40,627 new laws added  in the USA and its overseas territories and protectorates.  The data in 1998 showed that there was currently a a total of 134,723 pages in 201 volumes totaling 54,834 pages of U. S. Federal laws. Since that date thousands of laws have been added.  Just the affordable Health Act added many more. That is many, many, many more laws than found in the Word of God.  When Jesus was asked what the greatest law was His answer was: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 26:36-40  If we could keep these two laws, we would have no need for the millions of others we have and the thousand of new laws that are added daily

 Are Christians not to be concered of the Law of God?  Well what did Jesus say:  "Don't assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished."  Matthew 5:17-18  The life and ministry of Jesus did not replace the Old Testament. The life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus completed and clarified the Old Testament. The Law of God still stands.   God's Word will never be changed, amended, abolished or ignored.  God did not change His Word.  His Word is true and everlasting.  We are sinners. The Lord owes us nothing but justice and wrath.  As Christians our sins are not ignored.  Jesus paid the price for our sins. God sent His Son to die with the weight of our sins upon Him, thereby paying the cost of our sins in full.  Jesus willingly died on the cross suffering for our sins.  For those who know Jesus as their Lord, our sins have been removed from us, they were not ignored. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:12   What did we, as Christians, do to earn this grace of God?  Nothing!  "By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God;" Ephesians 2:8   God, through His grace, by the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ, by faith given to us by God has redeemed us. Those who do not know Jesus as their Lord will receive justice for their unpaid sins.

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