Forgive my hidden faults

Psalm 19:12 “Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.”

David speaks in Psalm 19 about his “hidden faults” and “willful sins.”

David’s prayer was simple and to the point, “Don’t let hidden faults and willful sins rule over me.”

Here David is talking about 2 types of sins.

Hidden sins and Willful sins.

What is a hidden fault?
A hidden fault is something that may be hidden to us but not to others.

We all have areas of our hearts that are hidden.

Sometimes they are hidden so well that we don’t realize they are there.

Hidden sins are tricky to deal with, because we are unaware of them.

Our hidden faults are many………………

What are willful sins?
“Willful sins are those which we knew were doing, and we chose to do it anyway.

Many times, we do not even see or understand that we have sinned.
We don’t recognize our faults and don’t realize that we are unclean before our Holy God.

So…Friends…let’s pray to God to forgive our hidden faults.

Is that our prayer?
Do you know what will happen when we pray that way?

Don’t think that God will take a sponge and wipe around inside you so you will not even know what those hidden faults were.

In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”

We should ask God to bring to our minds the sins we have committed, so can claim His promise of forgiveness.
Often we sin, and aren’t even aware of it.
We may
-say something that hurts another person, or

  • do something from wrong or selfish motives –
    …………. and not even realize it.

But listen: God knows our hearts, and if we are truly sorry for our sins, he has promised to forgive all of them.

Never forget why God forgives us.

He doesn’t forgive us because we remember every sin we have ever committed.

No, He forgives us for only one reason: Jesus Christ took all our sins — without exception — upon himself when he died on the cross for us.

We deserve to be punished for our sins — but Christ took the punishment we deserve.

Are we trusting Christ – and Christ alone – for our salvation?


Jooley Mathew Z