Elul 20

Zadnu – We have acted presumptuously


David prayed the prayer, “Keep Your servant from presumptuous sin, let them not have dominion over me” (Psalms 19:13). The word presumptuous is translated from the Hebrew zad, meaning arrogant, prideful, insolent. It is related to the root word zud, which means to boil up, seethe, act proudly, act rebelliously.


You can see why David prayed that presumption sin would not have dominion over him. Pride and arrogance try to control, and within them both can be a sense of rebellion or even a broiling attitude of resentment. This arrogance sets itself up, refusing to bow in submission to Adonai. Sometimes it may even seem to bow in action, but the heart is hardened defiantly.


Therefore, we want to lift our voices in repentance, consecration, dedication, and submission. David wrote, “Commit your way to Adonai. Trust also in Him and He will do it” (Psalm 37:5). As we commit ourselves unto the Lord, we do so with thanksgiving. Realizing that He brought us out, set us apart and proclaimed liberty over us.


Adonai, my Lord and King, I recognize that there have been times when my heart has risen up in distrust of You, when I have chosen to believe that I know better than You or that I cannot count on You. For the times I have taken matters into my own hands, I ask for forgiveness. Transform the hard and rebellious places of my heart into places of life and healing and trust. I humble myself before You, and for today and each day after, I choose to trust You.