THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
CALLED TO PERFECTION
Today’s psalm: Psalm 19:8-15
There are some intriguing aspects in today’s psalm reading.
First it says, “Who can detect trespasses? Cleanse me
from my inadvertent sins.” (v.13). Many today of course
no longer even care if they sin. Many also do not know enough
about morality to know when they do sin. But today many good
people who believe they are living Christian lives may actually
be living in sin. In fact, all of us indeed are sinners. But
are we aware of these sins? People gossip, think bad thoughts
about others, hold grudges in their hearts, speak ill about
enemies, neglect to help the poor, and so on, but do not think
these are necessarily sinful. But they are.
us take one particular example cited in this psalm. “Also
from arrogant ones restrain your servant; let them never control
me. Then shall I be blameless, innocent of grave sin.”
(v.14). In the face of arrogance, we find it all right to
respond with disdain, antagonism and rejection. Does the other
person care? No, for he indeed is arrogant, unmindful and
uncaring about what others think of him. But who is bothered?
Us! And we end up being controlled--by negativity, anger,
being judgmental, a lack of peace.
that’s not all. We look on the arrogant person as a
sinner. But if we are not restrained in our response, then
we end up being the sinner. We fail to love, especially an
enemy. We see the splinter but miss the plank in our own eye.
We judge, and so we will be judged. Whatever is the sin of
the other person, as far as God is concerned, it is about
us. We are not blameless. We might even be into grave sin.
does this all say? We who are trying to be and do good, who
are not arrogant, we are the ones in sin? This can only be
understood in light of God’s call to perfection. As
David prays, “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable,
the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord, my rock and my
redeemer.” (v.15). We are judged not in comparison to
the greater sinner that is the other person. It is simply
between us and the Lord. And our lives are to manifest the
reality that we are redeemed, that we base our lives on he
who is Rock. All the words that come out of our mouths and
all the thoughts that remain in our hearts must be conformed