Today’s scripture is: Psalm 19:13 ( NIV)
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
Or as the Message versions reads :
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
Today’s blog post is by Bernie Peterman, Business Manager…
Wow! Reading the Message version really is a smack in the face. “Keep me from stupid sins.” I guess we could say all sin is stupid. But, I believe David was thinking of everyday life…
- sins that just seem to happen.
- just normal, natural, every day thoughts and behavior.
- Behavior that exists in our subconscious and requires no thought.
- Sin that James 4:17 (So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.) refers to.
The list of stupid sins could be…
- Gossip – Who doesn’t like telling a good story?
- Gluttony – Most people love to eat their favorite food in excess, like 4 lbs. of crab legs with butter.
- Lust – Scripture tells us, if you think it in your mind you have already committed adultery (Math 5:28). Wow! No more eye candy!
- Drunkenness – Again, taking something to excess. Normally when someone is drunk their behavior is not God honoring, It could be entertaining to others but not God.
- Jealousy and covenanting – As humans, we have a tendency to want stuff and are jealous when other people have the stuff we want.
- Lying – Yes – even the little white lies.
- Pride– The “I got this God, you can wait on the sidelines till I need you again”
I think pride leads into the next part of this verse, “thinking I can take over your work.” How many times in our life do we think and act like we can do it all on our own. We can overcome addiction, we can accomplish the impossible without God. We can take credit for all the good things that happen in our lives and not give glory to God. The truth of the matter is, our lives mean nothing without God. He is our strength and hope in all situations.
The question is, if “stupid” sins are part of everyday life, how can we be blameless, innocent of great transgression or start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin?
I think the answer is two fold:
- Stay connected with God everyday through prayer, devotions, bible study, and accountability partners.
- Ask God to soften your rough edges. Be present in your thoughts and behavior. Check yourself and ask “Is what I am doing or saying God honoring?”
As with any change in our behavior or lives, it gets easier as you become more aware and practice. So, stretch yourself today and write down your “stupid” sins. Then pray for forgiveness and a clean slate. I would imagine the more we strive to be Christ-like the less we have to scrub clean.