V. 12 – Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Our Lutheran Confessions reference only this one verse from Psalm 19 and it they reference six times! In the Articles on Confession in the Augsburg Confession and Apology it is stated that private Absolution should be retained in our churches but that consciences should not be burdened with worry about naming every sin. For it is impossible to recount all sins as Psalm 19:12 testifies (AC XXV – Confession). (Apology XI – Confession) It is clear that most sins we neither remember nor understand, according to Psalm 19:12, “Who can discern his errors?”
The Smalcald Articles – ART VII – states that The Keys – (forgiving sins and retaining sins) applies not only to gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden sins that are known only to God. As it is written, “Who can discern his errors?” FOC – ART I – says of Original Sin that the damage cannot be fully described (Psalm 19:12) It cannot be understood by reason, but only from God’s Word. We affirm that no one but God alone can separate human nature and this corruption of human nature from each other. This will fully come to pass through death, in the blessed resurrection – p. 475). FOC – SD – ART I – p. 512)
WHAT WE DON’T RECOGNIZE AND KNOW IN OUR REBELLION AGAINST GOD AND OUR MISSING THE MARK OF HIS HOLY WILL – GOD KNOWS – AND TAKES ACTION TO FORGIVE IN CHRIST! HIS BLOOD CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN – EVEN THE BOATLOAD OF SINS THAT WE DO NOT REMEMBER OR UNDERSTAND! SWEETER THAN HONEY IS THAT MERCY! MORE TO BE DESIRED THAN FINE GOLD IS THAT GRACE POURED UPON US IN THE WORD MADE FLESH!