Psalm 19 is one of glory for God. It begins first by talking about His creating of the universe, then of His perfect law and what it does for those who follow it in verses 7-10.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
In verse 11 it reads “Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.” So there are blessings and curses depending on how you lived your life.
Starting with verse 12, we see an escalation, and the writer seeking for aid against 3 types of sins. Secret sins or those he may not realize were sins, presumptuous sins, or premeditated/intentional sins, and finally great or many sins.
We also see what may happen if we do allow sin into our lives. All of these can be seen in David, the writer’s life.
First “cleanse me from secret faults” in seeing Bath-Sheba bathing, that innocent fraction of a second before he continued looking and finding interest in her, he should have turned away and thought of it no more, but no, it took dominion over him and became presumptuous. He had to have her, and that carnal desire turned into a great many sins. Arrogance, murder, even adultery!
Even with all of those sins, however, David was forgiven. He still committed the sins, and suffered the consequences of it, but God did forgive him, and even with those sins, David was considered a man after God’s own heart.
Once we are baptized Christians, we too have the blessing of forgiveness. Not only from those great or many sins, but from all sins, but that’s not a blessing everyone has. Could you imagine if David had no hope of forgiveness? Of salvation? That however is the truth of so many today.
For those who have yet to be baptized, why do you wait? What in this life is of more value than your soul?