Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (Psalm 19:12, NKJV)
Sin is deceptive. Sin deceives us. It is so deceptive that often we do not know our own “secret faults,” even though others can see them clearly. The faults of which David wrote are sins that he did not understand were in him. So, David prayed that he would be able to know his errors and be cleansed of them by God. And, even though you may not see your sin, there are many who do. Of course, God knows your sins: “You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance” (Psa. 90:8). Everything is laid bare before the Lord God (Heb. 4:13). Your parents know your sins. Parents know the reality of sin and the dangers it presents to their children. Listen to your parents when they warn you of sin. Other Christians know your sins. They hear your words and see your actions that reveal the presence of sin. So, how can you understand your errors? By implanting God’s word in your heart and being “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jas. 1:21-22). Look into God’s word, the “perfect law of liberty,” and be a “doer of the work” (Jas. 1:25). God’s word exposes sin so that we can know our errors and obtain God’s cleansing and salvation.