Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins. Let them not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 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 has much to say to us. It begins by declaring how the universe itself speaks loudly, pouring forth speech without words of the divine glory of God. Day and night it reveals knowledge. Even as a child when l would retreat to the woods I sensed a presence and peace beyond my understanding, but I was drawn to the love I felt there. Sometimes it was simply the warmth of the sun coming through the trees. Now I know that was His love caressing His child. I was drawn to the outdoors and spent most of my childhood on a small farm which privileged me to spend most of my life outside. I chose to be Daddy’s boy since I was sandwiched between three sisters which meant a lot of hard work, but also exciting adventures. More importantly caring for the animals, milking cows, breaking horses to ride, and pull wagons, plows, sleds, etc I learned a lot about life and nature. I could see first hand how God had a plan for all creation.
We also planted a garden. I watched the miracle of seeds being planted in the spring bring forth produce that was canned and fed us during the winter months. The animals all had a purpose for our survival. I saw the Lord’s wisdom even then as I was immersed in His creation. As a child it all fascinated me, and I loved my life.
Our dog played a very important part in our daily lives. We loved and cared for him, and he served us loyally by rounding up the cows and driving them to the barn to be milked every morning and evening. If the gate was left open he would bark till we came and shut it. He protected us children. The miraculous birth of calves and colts were also observed. We cared for the mothers and watched them nurse their babies. Chickens laid eggs we ate and colored at Easter. But more miraculous was how those eggs became incubators underneath the sitting hens for baby chicks! God is speaking through His creation all the time if we get in it, and quiet ourselves long enough to observe it.
It is why I love trail running so much. I love where it takes me. It takes me out of the noise and distractions of this world and into His world He created for us to love and enjoy.
Psalm 19 then takes a turn and informs us:
"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb." Psalm 19:7-10
Meditate on what you have just read. You must not simply read the verses; you must allow the Holy Spirit to reveal deep in your spirit the true meaning of the verses with depth and power. Heed the verse that follows:
"Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward."
Then David poses a question to all of us who want to live righteously. Read the above scripture, 19:12.
None of us without God’s Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit can truly know what is deep within us in the hidden parts of our hearts. After reveling in His greatness and divine nature through creation, and declaring the value of the Word, David realizes without God and His Word he cannot discern his errors, and neither can we. God is called our "Counselor" for a good reason. He is the only one who holds all knowledge concerning you. We know from His Word we are sanctified through His Word. His Word is truth and the truth we cannot deny in order to be set free. We must face truth about ourselves and about others. Satan uses lying spirits, fear, and denial to keep us in unseen chains deep within.
We do not have to remain that way. I know. God has always been my primary Counselor. I know only He can reveal to me the truth about me, and the truth about others. I have learned how to live in freedom, but it doesn’t come easy. You must come to Him with all your heart seeking truth trusting in His love for you and for other folks.
We see David doing this. He cries out to God not to let presumptuous sin rule over him. He then says he will be blameless, and acquitted of great transgression. Isn’t that what we all desire with all our hearts? If not pray for God to create in you a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within you as David did in Psalm 51:10. David knew how to repent. Read the psalm. And we must learn how to also.
He concludes with a verse I often pray:
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer."
Scripture tells us out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak. Input is output. Let us purpose to fill our hearts with the Word of God as David instructs us to. Only then can we discern our errors and the hidden faults we all have. It is our only hope of becoming blameless being acquitted of great transgression. May we begin to hear the eloquence of the silent symphony that plays forth day and night as we acknowledge His love for all mankind!
In His love.
These are photos from my home as I observed the heavens declaring the glory of God and the work of His hands from morning till night! Glory, honor, and praise to our God!