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Psalm 19:13


13 Keep back [chasak] thy servant [`ebed] also from presumptuous [zed] sins; let them not have dominion [mashal] over me: then shall I be upright, [tamam] and I shall be innocent [naqah] from the great [rab] transgression. [pesha`] KJV-Interlinear


13 Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. NASB


There are several passages in the Old Testament that make reference to the confession process. Beginning in Leviticus with the first five chapters and the first five sacrifices, and here that process is described not in its mechanics, but in its purpose and results.

This verse and the next fully incorporate the spiritual process and function of spirituality.

Beginning with the prior verse, in the question that is asked, 'How?'

And now in this verse, the restraint that is applied to ones life, but not by means of ones own effort, but by means by Gods effort, then restraint is placed on or provided for the continuation of the prevention of sin in the life, especially those sins that come naturally and easily to oneself simply because you have a habit or a comfort zone in them.

Thus, keep back, is a reference to the errors described in the previous verse. Keep them back and out of my life.

But how is that possible when we are all sinners are susceptible to sin, simply because this world inundates us with burdens and temptations and pressures and enticements and so forth.

Presumptuous sins are not those which are open or obvious in ones life, but to those that are boiling, swelling, inflated, or in other words, those sins that drive your life, those sins that are a part of your habit or pattern of life. They are the sins that you do over and over, again and again, simply because you have incorporated them into your life, perhaps without realizing it, but more so that you simply don't want to change.

Let them not have dominion over me, is probably obvious, but is means to consume you, to control you, to take over your life such that you find it difficult to avoid them.

Self-righteousness, or perhaps sins of a lascivious nature, or sins of indifference toward truth, may be examples of ingrained patterns of beliefs or activities that encompass ones life.

The great transgression, is not a reference to any one single sin, but a reference to the whole pattern of sin or sins that you are susceptible to and seem to be dominated by in your life.

The great transgression is anything and everything that keeps you out of fellowship and out of Gods will and plan for your life. This can even include your unteachable attitude in resisting Gods mandates.

To be innocent, means to be freed from the burdens that sins place on your life.

The true function of freedom in ones life exists when you are in fellowship. That is the only place wherein you can freely grow and learn and understand all that there is to know and understand and grow to spiritual maturity and beyond.

Fellowship is the place of clarity of thought, clarity of discernment, clarity in decisions. It is the place of real opportunity.

Innocence is the freedom you have when sin does not burden your life.

Upright, is then the actual placement of oneself into fellowship. That is the position where the spiritual life functions.

Therefore, to cleanse, from the prior verse, is the function of washing away, with repetition, the sins that constantly burden or harass you within your life, as well as all sins of course.

This prevents them from controlling your life. When there is sin in your life, then that places the sin nature in control over your life. You are never really in control over your own self when you live within the carnal world of sin, regardless of what that sin may be.

With confession you then become upright, or placed in fellowship.

You then become innocent or free from the burdens of sin and the sin nature.

And that in turn frees you to grow and prosper in your life since you are free, while in fellowship, to pursue that which God intends for you.

Therein is the real freedom and purpose and design that God gave you, both for now and forever.

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