The Bible is not like any other book. It is powerful. When J.B. Phillips began to translate the New
Testament he did not believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration of the scriptures. However in the
process of translating it he changed his mind. He said “Translating the Bible … More
This psalm could be outlined in the following way:
Understanding the holy law led David to pray for complete cleansing so he could live a blameless and acceptable life before God (vv. 12-14). He prayed that he would be forgiven for hidden faults and preserved from sinning willfully. David knew that pride can be the most deceiving of all sin so he prays for a cleansing from it (v. 13). Many Christians are plagued by guilt. They worry that they may have committed a sin unknowingly, done something good with selfish intentions, failed to put their whole heart into a task or neglected what they should have done. Guilt can play an important role in bringing us to Christ, but it should not cripple us or make us fearful. If a person reads and meditates upon the Word of God it will cleanse him. It moves him from a consciousness of sin to a sensitivity for holiness.
Men learn of God in a general way from the world of God. We learn more specifically in a personal way from the Word of God. The last four verses of this psalm tell us what the Bible does which is the way of God. Guilt can play an important role in bringing us to Christ and keeping us behaving properly. However, it should not cripple us or make us fearful because God fully and completely forgives us, even for those sins we do unknowingly.
It is one thing for me to know what the Word of God says and it is another thing for me to apply its teaching in a personal way in my life. I am not only to be a hearer but a doer of His Word.
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 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. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
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Psalms 17:6-15David Describes Those Who Falsely Accuse Him
Psalms 18:1-3David Sings a Song of Praise
Psalms 18:4-18David Cries Out to God For Deliverance
Psalms 18:19-29Why God Dealt Generously With David
Psalms 18:30-45David’s Victories Are Due to The Power of God
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Psalms 19:1-6Fantastic Displays of God’s Craftsmanship
Psalms 19:7-11Getting to Know God!
Psalms 19:12-14God’s Word Will Cleanse us
Psalms 20:1-9A Nation That Was About to Go to War
Psalms 21:1-13A Psalm of Thanksgiving And Praise
Psalms 22:1-10God Gives David Endurance to Win The Battle
Psalms 22:11-21David Describes His Enemies And His Sufferings
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