“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.” Psalm 19:12
Who can know the totality and completeness of sin within? The law brings a host of sin to light immediately. But a man of God must then step further. The man of God must use the law of God as a shovel to mine out the chunks of depravity hid deep within himself.
The secret faults aren’t just the sins we are aware of that we hide from the world. Those are known sins we choose to cloak. Secret faults of the worst kind are the sins and shortcomings that we are unaware of. Like an unknown steering wheel with an unknown captain, these secret faults steer us in ways and on paths designated for destruction. Like sheep headed to slaughter our secret faults lie hid, leading us astray.
Why did I say that? How come I got so mad? What on earth was I thinking? I can not believe I did that! The captain of secret faults knows every course of human nature and knows how to navigate us straight to Hell.
This is why we must dig for our secret faults. We must search out and discover the buried sin within.
Just the knowledge of this sin within drove the Apostle Paul to cry, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:24
“He best knows himself who best knows the Word, but even such an one will be in a maze of wonder as to what he does not know, rather than on the mount of congratulation as to what he does know.” Charles Spurgeon
Who can understand his error on his own accord? Who can dig inside and discern without a jaundice eye? Man will do nothing but dig his own grave if left alone with the shovel of the law.
The footnotes of the 1599 Geneva Bible explains it this way. “Then there is no reward of duty, but of grace: for where sin is, there death is the reward.”
Only through the mercy and grace of God is sin brought to our attention. Only through the cross of Jesus Christ are we cleansed and sins forgiven.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
The act of repentance is being aware that we have secret faults. Digging for these faults and finally handing them all over to Jesus. Dig them up with the shovel of the law and rid yourself of them by the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior.
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