Boy, this verse just blew me away when I read it. Here’s what it says in the ESV:
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Now, I want to be straight up with you right from the start, I’M NO BIBLE SCHOLAR. Thoughts expressed are just my little brain trying to wrap it’s self around a big Savior. So, just keep that in mind.
As I read this, what came to mind is the Old Testament was written before Jesus. It was written in the HOPE of a Savior coming. So the verb tense used makes a difference (at least for me). The writer of the Psalm was using the present tense, asking that God would declare him innocent of his hidden faults, hidden sins, hidden messiness. I know I’m full of hidden messed up things, it part of being human. It’s part of living in a fallen world. It’s part of life.
But, Christ has indeed paid the price for ALL sins, past, present and future. He’s paid for all the hidden crap that I might be aware of (that I keep to myself), and that I might not even be cognizant that I carry around. He died for all of that, right?
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. – Heb. 9:24 (ESV)
Based on ALL of this, I believe I can now say that God HAS DECLARED me innocent of all hidden faults, garbage, junk, crap, etc. I no longer have to repeatedly ask him to do this, He HAS DECLARED me innocent. It’s done. Complete. Final. I don’t have to keep asking for this to happen. He’s wiped it ALL out. And that is absolutely ASTOUNDING to me.
Again, let me emphasize AGAIN that I’m not a bible scholar. This is just my little brain trying to wrap itself around a BIG SAVIOR. I may have it all wrong, and if I do, I’m sure He’s big enough to let me know that. But, until that time I’m holding on to this truth!
Have a great Sunday!