Today's Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me know wisdom.”
Psalm 51: 6
King James Version
“Why God Loved David?” Part VII
“You will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
John 8: 32
What does it mean to me in my life to know that my heavenly Father desires truth in my inward parts?
Have I asked God to give me His wisdom and His truth in the hidden parts of my life?
“Truth is the daughter of God.”
“God is, at first, Truth and the Love. But He is only that love which is but one with the sovereign and eternally living truth. In Himself, God is love as He is truth.”
Yesterday, as we went back to Genesis, to the Garden of Eden, a home of perfect bliss where God placed His created children Adam and Eve, we found that what was once designed to be a perfect environment, was soiled by an evil presence. As we read in Genesis 3: 1, “Now the serpent was more subtle (cunning and crafty) than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said unto the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall Ye touch it, lest Ye die.’ And the serpent said unto the woman, ‘Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day Ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3: 1-5, K.J.V.).
St Augustine of Hippo penned these words, “We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent,” and nothing could more clearly reflect this truth than the words the serpent spoke to Eve. If you carefully notice, the serpent told a lie in order to convince Eve how smart he was. Lest we think deceit was used only by the serpent in the garden, we would do well to carefully reflect on the way people in our society, at our jobs, and even in our own homes, lie. What’s even more sad to say, we often lie to ourselves, just to convince others and ourselves how wise we are. We need to be warned that the action of lying is a behavior we engage in at our own peril.
When the serpent confronted Eve, this wily villain not only lied regarding what God said by trying to twist around the words God conveyed to Adam and Eve, but then the serpent went a step further and told Eve that God was the liar. “You shall not surely die,” the evil one declared!
You may be wondering what in the world I’m going back to Genesis for as we are studying about David and his letter to God, recorded in Psalm 51.
Well, there’s a reason I want to look at the way sin first infused evil into this world. And the reason is this. Whether in Eden or in the palace of David – sin behaves, quite frequently, with the same pattern. And the temptation to fall under the tempter’s power, whatever and whoever the tempter or temptress is, also often falls into a familiar pattern. We find in our text today, Psalm 51: 6, that David uses two words that are imperative for us to recognize. The words are truth and wisdom. The pattern of sin is to first lie and then try and make falsehoods look like wisdom. Just think of the temptations which entrap you. What you may well find is that it is those times in your own life when a lie was laid out as wisdom that you were most frequently caught off guard.
Having gone through a couple of tough experiences in my own life, where truth was extinguished with the supposed wisdom of individuals who thought they “knew it all,” I am rather sensitive to the point David was trying to get across when he admitted to God that he knew what God wanted most of all from him. It was honesty – truthfulness – genuineness. God didn’t want a phony. He wanted David to lay out the truth and not try and hide reality from God. David understood this. However, here was David’s problem and it is yours and mine, too!
We have been so corrupted by the evil world we live in and by the iniquity which we were born into, as David, himself, told God, that recognizing truth is not easy. In fact, it’s tough!
This is why David told God, “I know what You long for is total truth from me, so please, I ask of You, make me know, understand, and comprehend what is wise – what is wisdom from above – Your wisdom!”
In the garden, Eve was led astray because she followed the false wisdom of a liar. Instead of believing the truth from her Father’s lips and following His wise advice, she chose to swallow a lie and chase after false wisdom.
It isn’t surprising to me at all that God loved David so much, for even though David floundered and behaved in a dreadful manner, his single greatest desire was to be transparent with his heavenly Father. He wanted to lay his innermost crevices open to God and then, he wanted his Father to fill him with heavenly wisdom which is quick to recognize heavenly truth. May you and I have the same longing in our hearts today as David did when he told God: “What You’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life” (Psalm 51: 6, The Message).
“Truth is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
“Those who would find truth must:
1. Desire it.
2. Pray for it.
3. Study it.
4. Practice it.”
“Almighty God who hast sent the Spirit of truth unto us to guide us into all truth: so rule our lives by Thy power that we may be truthful in thought and word and deed. May no fear or hope ever make us false in act or speech; cast out from us whatsoever loveth or maketh a lie, and bring us all into the perfect freedom of Thy truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Brooke Foss Westcott
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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