"Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless and I shall be innocent of great transgression."
I can really identify with the cry of David in this psalm. How many times have you and I not assumed to know the will of God or assumed that He was leading in a certain direction only to discover that the Lord was not in it?
Presumption is probably one of the greatest sins committed by sincere Christians yet it is one of the fewest ever spoken or taught about. What is the sin of presumption?
Simply put, presumption is assuming to know the will of God without actually knowing it at all. It is to think that you understand His will, His leading or His purposes when really what you think is not of God nor from God but rather is from your own imagination. How many times have we heard believers say, "God said" or "God told me" yet the very thing that God had said to them contradicted His Word and His character?
There are so many people running around the Church with a word from God, a doctrine or a teaching that is in fact contrary to the Bible. This is the sin of presumption. But presumption can be more subtle.
"Come now, those saying, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and spend a year there, and we will trade and will make a profit, who do not know of the morrow. For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears. Instead of you saying, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." James 4:13-15
As Christians our lives are not our own, we have been bought at a very great price. The Lord owns us and we have had to surrender our lives to His will and Lordship in order to be truly saved. We are no longer in charge of our own lives, He is.
We need to constantly wait on the Lord for His leading and guidance before we make major decisions such as, where we should fellowship, what career path to take, who we should marry or where we should live, for example. God is Sovereign and it is all about His will and not ours. Presumption does not recognize this and assumes that we can do as we like and it is God's responsibility to bless whatever decisions or plans we make.
Presumption makes man master and God servant whereas humility and surrender make the Lord Master and we servant.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
Satan is the father of presumption. His presumption led to his own demise and through presumption, "has God really said?..." brought about the fall of man.
David recognized the severity of the sin of presumption and prayed in Psalm 19 that the Lord would keep him from presumption and deliver him from its dominion. Note what he writes next, "Then I shall be blameless and I shall be innocent of great transgression. " If we desire to be sanctified in Christ then let us too pray the prayer of David,
"Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me."
May the Lord richly bless you as you seek to be free of presumption and passionately desire to walk before Him in humility of heart, seeking His will only.