Week beginning: 6th December, 2015

By Brent Haywood | Edinburgh

"12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer"

Psalm 19:12-14 (ESV)

Recently I moved to a new firm, and it involved a short period when I was between jobs and for a short time I was living outside the 'skin' of a lawyer. This time taught me a few things about myself that I did not find very attractive. My identity was more wrapped up with what and who I was in the law than I had ever realised.

We might deny it but the human heart is drawn to the trapping of status and identity and we are hard wired to self-deception. Eugene Peterson paraphrases part of verse 13 as "Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work". Sometimes it is good to look in the mirror and say, 'that's stupid'.

As I draft up my 'new' web profile and look to 'market' my offering, it provides a moment to pause and ask, 'who am I and in whom do I first seek to be identified?'.

Prayer Points:

1. Pray that the Lord may reveal those 'presumptuous' or 'stupid' sins and challenge us to deal with them.
2. Pray for right motivations as we hunt down the work we are given to do.
3. Pray for colleagues wrapped up in the law who may have lost touch with who they are and what they are doing.
4. Pray that your 'words' and 'mediations' are acceptable in His sight.