We All Have Ulterior Motives (Through the Psalms)

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Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from my hidden faults. ^Psalm 19:12 

This is such a powerful and insightful prayer from David to God. David says, “Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from my hidden faults.” Wow. 

What does this mean? David is implying that at times, he is blind to his own selfish desires. David is agreeing with Jeremiah when Jeremiah said, "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9). 

Did you know that? Did you know that you and I have evil thoughts and desires that we are not even aware of? There are ulterior motives and hidden agendas that creep into our hearts unnoticed. David calls this, hidden faults. 

So he cries out, “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” (v. 13). This honesty and self-awareness that David had of himself truly set him apart from so many others. 

You and I must also pray to God to open our eyes to our sinful tendencies. There is a propensity in all of our hearts to wander and sin against the Lord. So what do we do?

  1. Meditate on God’s Word, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving 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” (vv. 7-8).
     
  2. Pray and ask God to show you your heart, “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” (v. 13).
     
  3. Live a life to please God, “Let the worshippers of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer” (v. 14).

What are some things that you are sensing now that may actually be a hidden fault in your heart? 

William ChungComment