Cleanse Me From Secret Sins
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
||24, 201, 384, 41
|Preparatory to the Lord's Supper
- My sins.
- David speaks of two kinds of sins.
- “Secret” are hidden or concealed sins from ourselves (not unknown to others).
- “Presumptuous” are arrogant or proud sins which we deliberately and consciously commit.
- This teaches us that the number and depths of our sins and sinfulness is beyond our understanding (Jer. 17:9).
- Our depravity and sins are great in number, in severity, in horror – beyond our ability to know.
- As long as we are sinners, we will not be able to see their ugliness.
- He makes two requests concerning his sins.
- First, “cleanse me.”
- It means to be innocent or free, exempt from punishment or obligation.
- That we do not know about a sin does not relieve us from being punished.
- This prayer for forgiveness must be prayed constantly.
- And “let them not have dominion over me.”
- Sin can rule or have dominion over one, exercise dominion over one.
- Deliverance from sin’s threatening dominion is by way of leaning on Christ and on grace.
- David received God’s answer: “then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”
- The “transgression” is here the punishment for rebellions. The “great” one is the ultimate punishment which is forever.
- God’s answer to our praying this prayer is that He declares us innocent and thus free from eternal punishment.
- To be ‘innocent” is to free, clear and clean and thus unpunished because we are guiltless.
- To be “upright” is to be complete, finished, or whole.
- The result is that we walk before God with a good and quiet conscience.