Keep me from the sins of pride; don’t let them rule me. Then I can be pure and innocent of the greatest of sins.
Psalms 19:13 (NCV)
Psalms 19:13 (The Message) “Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.”
Psalms 19:13 (NIV) “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.”
Psalms 19:13 (NLV) “Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.”
In this occasion the Psalmist David pleads in prayer to God for full deliverance from pride. David was able to see the great need for God to hold him back from the grips of pride. As the words in scripture state “keep me,” this offering us a clearer understanding of how David deeply desired and wholeheartedly longed to be restrained form this danger. David understood how vulnerable he was; even as a servant of God he knew he ran the risk of hiding pride in his heart. David prayed to God knowing that there was a constant and daily struggle being fought inside of him. This battle was to prevent pride and arrogance from ruling over him. The reason for his plea and desire was for God to examine him intimately and in personal way. As a result of this, everything would be before God’s sight, without anything to hide, as it states in Psalms 90:8 you have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
He recognized that there were “sins of pride” that he could fall into and get trapped in by them. I find it very interesting how this portion of the scripture reads “sins of pride.” This clearly describes how the pride in a person could reach a point where there are no limits or borders. David understood how pride could rapidly become a habit and enslave him to the point of controlling and empowering him completely. He perceived pride as something that could take you to great heights, but later pull you down to failure and ruins. David feared this; therefore he desired that God would search him and uproot the deep-rooted issues in his life. He wanted to be set completely free from pride and arrogance. David as a servant admitted not having another master in his life and his prayer was to become a whole and complete servant. He believed that it was possible to escape the dominion of pride in his life, and avoid falling into a state of rebellion before God. He knew the only way to prevent such a catastrophe in his life was through God’s help and the work of the Holy Spirit in his life.
My prayer this morning is that the Lord would keep and protect us from the pride that could be rooted in our hearts. Pride that is hidden from our very own eyes, but often seen by others. Let us be sincere with the Lord and with ourselves. We cannot fool ourselves, or fool God. There is no reason to do so! We have a God that sees us with mercy and grace this morning. Pray that the Lord keeps and preserves us from allowing pride to dominate us. Remember, we were called to freedom! In Christ we are free to walk in humility and to please Him.
Psalms 119:133 (NKJV)—133 “Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me”
Psalms 25:11 (NKJV) — 11 “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”
Romans 6:12 (NKJV) — 12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”
Deuteronomy 17:12–13 (RVR60) — 12 “Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously.”