by Bible League International
Verse of the Day and Devotion
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me… – Psalm 19:13 NIV
There are willful sins, as mentioned in our verse for today, and there are hidden sins, as mentioned in the previous verse: “But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.” (Psalm 19:12) David wants to be free from both kinds of sin.
Hidden sins, on the one hand, are not just the ones that are hidden from other people. They are also the ones that are hidden from the person who commits them. That’s why David asks, “But who can discern their own errors?” There are times when we hide our sinfulness, even from ourselves. David wants to be free from them and forgiven of them, even though he may not be fully aware of them. He doesn’t want to go through life with hidden sins dragging him down.
Willful sins, on the other hand, are sins that are deliberately and openly committed. They are sins that are committed primarily due to a shameless kind of pride and arrogance. The willful sinner has a foolish self-confidence and reliance on himself or herself that affords them permission to sin. The assumption they seem to have is that they are exceptions to the rule. The assumption is that they, or whatever endeavors they’re involved with, are important enough to justify the sin. In their minds, other people should be called to account for committing willful sins, but not them.
As said, David wants to be free from both kinds of sin. He doesn’t want sin of any kind to rule over him. Sin can actually do that. It can rule and dominate a person. It can turn people into slaves. Indeed, apart from Christ, the Apostle Paul tells us that we are all slaves to sin. (Romans 6:20) When we become Christians, however, we are set free from the slavery of sin. That’s why Paul can say, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
Let us all, then, confess and renounce our hidden and willful sins and seek forgiveness for them. (I John 1:9) Let us all, along with the Apostle Paul, stand firm in our freedom from sin.