Cleanse Thou Me

Psalm 19:12. Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults.”

As many times as I’ve read Psalm 19, this verse has never caught my attention in quite the same way as it did this morning. It reminded me, of course, of Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it?” Our hearts are so deceitful that we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are blameless; it is everyone else who is at fault.

Only God is capable of being a candle in my heart that exposes the dark places of my own secret sins. Nothing is hidden from Him. We fool ourselves into believing that no one else knows, but we forget that God knows.

We cannot hide from God.

Here’s a song I learned in Sunday school 70 years ago. It’s old, but still carries a good message:

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