Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from wilful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgressions. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
What a joy, privilege and delight to be innocent of great transgressions. David found this as a result of his prayers which we looked at yesterday. He knew what great transgressions were in his sordid actions around his relationship with Bathsheba but he also found and rejoiced in the abundant grace of God who ‘took away his sin’ 2 Samuel 12.13. What a declaration leaving him blameless and innocent in God’s sight.
This realisation led to the final request of the psalm that his words and thoughts might always be pleasing to God who was both his Rock and his Redeemer.
Reading this through the lens of the New Testament, which is surely how we ought always to read the Old Testament, we should be wanting to sing our praises to God for the gift of his Son who does exactly the same for us as he did for David.
If we confess our sins he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9
That makes us blameless in God’s sight and innocent! What a great release and freedom that gives. But it is a release and freedom that is only available to those who have come to God in recognition of their sinfulness and cast themselves on God’s mercy and grace which are freely available in Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price for those come to God through him.
If, reading this you know what it is to be innocent and blameless in God’s sight. Rejoice. If you know deep down that this is not your experience pray for forgiveness as David did.
Then may our prayer today and every day be:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.