12. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright and innocent from the great transgression.
14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. KJV
Presumptuous -c) arrogant, proud.
Presumptuous -d) too bold or forward: showing over confidence.
Meditation -c) a murmuring sound.
Meditate -d) to think deeply.
I think the question, “Who can understand his errors?” is appropriate. It is not saying that we do not know we have problems in certain areas but help us to understand them. How can we repent if we do not fully understand the problem?
The definitions are helpful. The word presumptuous in the dictionary made it clearer. Sometimes we may feel that we are ready and able to take some action, but then it does not work out. It may be that we were too overly confident. That sounds better than arrogant.
We are to depend on the Lord and not on our own understanding. There are times we need to wait upon the Lord until He says move. It is hard to sit still and do nothing but wait. There is more growth in waiting than we know. We have to spend time learning His voice so we can know His directions.
The Hebrew word for meditation means a murmuring sound. I think what it is saying is that we usually are thinking godly thoughts, but when things turn out different than what we expected, a murmuring sound arises within us.
We must ask for His help. This is such an easy sin to fall into on our own. If He doesn’t help us in both of these areas, we are sure to mess up a lot. Help us Lord and let them not have dominion over us.
We want more than anything to be acceptable in His sight. He wants that too. So, we are in agreement. When we humbly come to Him with a problem, He is always there bending down to love us and show us the way. The worst part of arrogance is believing you do not need to ask for His help. That will get you exactly, “No Help.”
What we need to meditate upon is how wonderful He is and how He suffered for us to have the help that we so desperately need. Will He not answer us and give us what we ask? Yes, we know that He will!