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Prayer Against Sinful Propensities.

Prayer Against Sinful Propensities.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xix. 12, 13. If^ho can understand his errors ! Cleanse thou
me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from
presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:
then shall He upright ^ and I shall he innocent from the great
transgression.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xix. 12, 13. If^ho can understand his errors ! Cleanse thou
me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from
presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:
then shall He upright ^ and I shall he innocent from the great
transgression.

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PRAYER AGAIST SIFUL PROPESITIES. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. xix. 12, 13. If^ho can understand his errors ! Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall He upright ^ and I shall he innocent from the great transgression. THE 42 PSALMS, XIX. 12, 13. [340. THE moral law, as revealed in the Scriptures, is a perfect transcript of the mind and will of God ; and is therefore a mirror in which we may see how deformed we are throuoh the introduction and do- minance of sin. It was from a contemplation of its transcendent excellence that the Psalmist was led to bewail his want of conformity to it, and to implore mercy at the hands of God for his innumerable violations of it, and grace, to preserve him from any wilful opposition to it in future. And the more we study it, the more shall we be disposed to adopt the petitions in our text, *' Cleanse me" from the guilt I have already contracted; " Keep me" from falling a sacrifice to my sinful propensities. We all need to be delivered from, I. Sins of infirmity — These are innumerable — [It is not of gross outward sin that we are here to speak,
 
but of "errors" and '* secret sins," that is, such sins as escape the notice of ourselves as well as of others. Consider tlie sins avWiug Jrom defect. The law requires that we love God with all our heart, and all our mind, and all our soul, and all our strength ; and our neighbour, under whatever circumstances, as ourselves. ow, if we trace the whole extent of our duty to God, as our Creator; to the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Redeemer ; and to the Holy Spirit, as our Sanctifier ; if we furtlier pursue into all the different relations of life our duty to our fellow-creatures, and reflect that the smallest short-coming in the performance of it is sin ; and then, if we reflect how great our short-comings are, even when we exert ourselves to the utter- most to fulfil the will of God; we shall see that, under this head alone, our sins are more numerous than the sands upon the sea shore ; since, in fact, we have been doing nothing but sin from the very first moment that we came into the world. But besides the guilt we have contracted through defect, consider that which has arisen from deviations from the pre- cise line of duty which we should have followed. We may conceive of an arrow shot in the right line towards an object, though it fall short of the object itself: and so we may conceive of our attempts to serve God, as perfect in point of aim, though defective in force and energy. But there is a bias in our fallen nature which causes innumerable aberrations from the perfect line of duty. In duty, of whatever kind it be, the principle ought to be as pure as the light itself: but in us it never is so : some- what S40.] PRAYER AGAIST SIFUL PROPESITIES. 43 what of a corrupt mixture will be found in every thing we do. There is so much blindness in our understanding, so much per- verseness in our will, and so much sensuality in our affections, that we are imperceptibly drawn aside; our very judgment is deceived ; yea, " our mind and conscience are deliled ;" so that, ' when we would do good, evil is present with us;" and, when we
 
do, as we think, act entirely as unto the Lord, the heart-searching God beholds a mixture of sclj'in our best motives, that serves yet further to vitiate and debase our best actions. To all this add our actiial tramgressions, by thought, word, and deed, against the holy commands of God. It is still of " secret sins" only that I am speaking, and of such as may justly be called sins of infirmity. But how vast the aggregate of evil which has arisen in our hearts from the secret workings of pride, or worldliness, or impurity, or unbelief, or some other corrupt feel- ing of our fallen nature ! Yet not one of these has been unob- served by God, nor will one be kept out of sight in the final  judgment. Well then may we even in this superficial view of our past errors and deviations say, " Who can understand them ?"J We need therefore to cry earnestly to God to *' cleanse us from them " — [The guilt in which they involve the soul is exceeding great : nor can it be purged away but by the atoning blood of Christ. The circumstance of their having been unobserved by us does not lessen the guilt of them, as we imagine ; but only shews how blind and ignorant we are, and how vitiated and debased that soul must be which can harbour such evils unconscious of their malignity, and almost of their very existence. God himself cau- tions us against regarding this as an extenuation, which, if rightly viewed, is rather an aggravation, of our guilt. " Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin ; neither say thou before the Angel, that it was an error : wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine h:inds^?" An atone- ment was offered by the high priests of old " for the errors of the people*^:" and in the atonement of Christ must we seek refuge from all which have been, however inadvertently, committed by us. This is strongly intimated by the offerings which were ap- pointed for all without exception, when they erred ; but which differed according to the degree of criminality which might justly attach to persons, by reason of their advantages for knowing better, and the injury that was likely to accrue from their exam-

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