How to Fight the Battle with Sin



"Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Moreover, keep your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule me." Psalm 19:12-13


Sin is something that is ugly that we don’t really like to confront. We like sermons that make us feel good and give us tools for life, and when we hear something that addresses the ugliness of sin, we tend to shy away from it. The inner conviction, the stirring of the Holy Spirit when we are living sinfully, outwardly or even within, is something the flesh hates but is necessary in our sanctification. The Psalmist here is proactive. He knows he is a sinner, but he doesn’t want to remain in his sin. While we may sometimes not intend to sin, we will always falter. We learn two things by the Psalmist’s example.

Firstly, we must address our unintentional sins. There may be times when our sin may be truly out of ignorance, or there may be times when we just fall into temptation before we know it. Our hearts are to be guarded, and the way we stay away from our unintentional sin is to pray against it before it happens. We also know God will forgive us when we do sin, so we ask God to cleanse us from our hidden faults. The Psalmist is giving us a prime example on being proactive in our sanctification.

Secondly, we need to address our willful sin. Sometimes we flat out sin, knowing exactly what we are doing. We may have an uneasy feeling as gossip is spewing out of our mouth, but we do it anyway. This is just one example of a willful sin, but the Psalmist knows if it is not addressed, his sin will rule over him. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. It is important our sin is prayed against daily.

Make Psalm 19 a regular part of your prayer life. Learn from the Psalmist’s example. Address your sin, especially when it is uncomfortable. Conviction is a blessing.


Father, I thank You that I am forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. Please, today and each day, keep me from unintentional sin, and help me to address it rightfully. Also Father, keep me from willful sin; convict me when I know I am doing wrong and guide me back to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

Spend time this week reading, memorizing, and meditating on Psalm 19.

About the Author

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Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.