“Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” 🙏Psalm 19: 13-14
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm.
On willful sins:
We are all sinners. Everyday we struggle with sin. But we fight sin through faith in Jesus. Because of our faith in Him, we trust that through His mercy and love for us, we are forgiven when we come to Him and ask for His forgiveness. We know that there is salvation when there is forgiveness.
But there is a tendency to lose salvation when we engage in willful sin, that is when we deliberately commit sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth. As written in Hebrews 10:26, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
Thus, the Psalm of David, to remind us to pray that we be away from willful sins so that they may not rule over us. For willful sin is beyond salvation.
On the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart:
Our hearts and the words that we speak have strong connection. They go hand in hand: the mouth and the heart. They are related and both should be pleasing to God. Thus, it is written:
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45)
This means that we speak out things that are stored in our hearts. There were times that out of frustration on something or somebody, we say things which we are not supposed to be saying, taking into consideration that we consider ourselves followers of Christ. But take note of this, once you realized that what you have spoken is wrong and you acknowledge it before God and confess about it, I believe that it was the Holy Spirit who has in dwell in you that was at work.
Let’s pray that our thoughts be always captive to the mind of Jesus so everything that we say should be founded on the truths and in accordance with the word of God. We can use the above verse in praying that the words we speak and we use to daily communicate with others be founded on the truths about Jesus.
God be with you.