The recesses of our minds hide some of our deepest darkest thoughts. Things we want no human to know. Sometimes these are character defects that we try to cover up or ignore all together. Things that creep up when we least expect them to rear their ugly head.
For year’s I battled self-esteem issues. I overcompensated for my own lack of self-worth by doing and saying things I am less than proud of. This is a hidden fault I carried for years. Maybe that is why, while reading the Bible, Psalms 19 stood out to me.
Psalms 19 is a beautiful Psalm by King David. A king that the Bible describes in Acts 13:22 as “a man after My (God’s) own heart, and will do everything I (God) want him to do.” He gets this description in-spite of his shortcomings. In spite of the wrong he committed. And as he is writing Psalms 19, David’s respect for the majesty of God is overwhelming. In verses 1-6, David paints a picture of God’s encompassing glory. While in verses 7-10, he professes radiant perfection in God’s law.
But verses 11-13 are my favorite. “Your servant is warned by them. When people obey them, they are greatly rewarded. But who can know their own mistakes? Forgive my hidden faults. Also, keep me from the sins I want to commit. May they not be my master. Then I will be without blame. I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.” Psalm 19:11-13 NIRV
I love this section because we all have faults. Those hidden places we do not want others to know about, places that spring up out of nowhere. Sometimes, places that even surprise us when they manifest, catching us off guard and making us wonder where that thought or action came from.
The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 1:9; there is nothing new under the sun. See, David was no stranger to sin. Like us, he made a few poor choices in his day, but he always came back to God with a repentant heart, wishing to be in fellowship with God.
David ends Psalms 19 like this, “Lord, may these words of my mouth please you. And may these thoughts of my heart please you also. You are my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NIRV
See, David knew something we must learn. God is our rock and our redeemer. He can take the secret things of our lives and change them, heal them, and create in us a desire to be more like Him.
Our God is a mighty and forgiving God who put precepts in His Holy Word to help guide our path. It is now up to us to be like David and choose to follow God in spite of our failures, in spite of our shortcomings, in spite of what the world thinks, and in spite of those hidden things we want no one else to know about.
I thank you for allowing me to minister to these people through the written word. I pray you give us clarity and a desire to look inside of ourselves to overcome those hidden areas that are holding us back. I pray you help us to hear the calling of the Holy Spirit as He speaks words of restoration and healing to our souls. We thank you in advance for the victories we will see. Amen.
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