God’s Powerful Word

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 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. (Psalm 19:12-13 ESV)

Psalm 19 explains the essence and the effect of God’s Word. God’s word is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean and true. Verses 12-13 show how God’s word has a laser like effect on our hearts. We are prone to deceive ourselves, to convince ourselves that what we’re doing is okay.

David asks the question: Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults? The writer of Hebrews answers that question in 4:12-13:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV)

God’s word unveils and reveals two kinds of sin: hidden faults and presumptuous sins. Hidden faults are those things we easily miss, sins of attitude that work beneath the surface. God’s Word pierces to the division of soul and spirit and judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. God’s word also addresses presumptuous sins–the sins we commit and we know we’re doing them. David writes: keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins.

How do you practically confront hidden and obvious sins? David answers that in Psalm 119:11:

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

This week we’ll look at different ways to get God’s Word into you…and none of them will work if you don’t get yourself into God’s Word. I can’t wait to see how God is going to rock your world!