Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
1. God desires truth in our innermost being and we know this through waiting on Him.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me known wisdom. (Psalms 51:6, NKJV)
Worldly people are clueless people. How can they know truth without God? If you live a life that seems to be off course you are in need of truth. God desires to place His truth in His disciple. Without truth we would live a life full of error and wrong moves because we would be without direction. In the New Testament this life guided by truth is accomplished through the giving of the Holy Spirit which resides in the heart of the believer (Romans 6 – the technical manual of workings of the Christian life). The man who is developing Christian character through waiting on God learns to allow the Holy Spirit to rule his life (Romans 8 – the applicable manual of the Spirit-directed Christian life). The immature Christian struggles with this and gives way to the self and fails miserably (Romans 7 – the manual to screwing up the Christian life). Wait and the Lord and let Him accomplish what He desires – to let His truth guide your life. Wait on God with great hope.
This passage of Psalm 51:6 presents a logical and interesting coupling of truth and wisdom. It is stated that the Lord, after truth is imparted, will make known His wisdom in us. What a wonderful promise for the person developing Christian character. As believers we should wait on God with hope, be lead in His truth, have God’s truth residing in us, and wisdom will be made known to us.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5, NKJV)
2. God’s truth can be sent forth and we learn how through waiting.
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth. (Psalms 57:3, NKJV)
In this psalm of David we find David crying for help in the time of need. David is under the stress of the attack of the enemy, which is a good illustration for us because we all are in battle. But we also see a David that is restful because of his confidence in the Lord. In the midst of the storm he can still praise his God. In the verse before us the cry is for mercy, which is surely needed. But David will receive mercy and truth because truth is needed in the heat of battle. Where should he attack? When should he retreat? When does he take cover under the wings of the Almighty? Truth is needed by the Christian who is developing character through waiting on God. Do not be in a hurry because God will lead you step by step as you walk in the truth of the Lord.
Do you allow the Holy Spirit to impart truth into your life while waiting? Do not let the self take control of your life. Pray right now for the Holy Spirit’s work to be done by your action of submission to His will. Wait on God with great hope.