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)
God’s truth encompasses all of His creation and we see this through waiting on Him.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. (Psalms 57:10, NKJV)
For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. (Psalms 108:4, NKJV)
The first passage is from the same psalm of David that we just looked at; the second is from another psalm of David. This man of character cannot but sing of God’s mercy and truth. No matter what circumstance the disciple finds himself he can count on the mercy and truth of the Lord. It is so interesting to see this coupling of mercy and truth continues in Scripture. Mercy always precedes truth, not because it is first, but to man it is what he seeks first for his sin condition. When mercy is given by the loving Father truth soon follows as the believer gains understanding in his waiting walking in truth. Do not seek truth if your more pressing need is mercy. Before you adventure out on a truth finding trip be sure you are covered with the mercy of God, because without it you will see the truth you desire. Remember mercy before truth.
Truth is presented as very high and far reaching (the heavens and the clouds). The completeness of truth is also portrayed. God’s truth is everywhere because He Himself is everywhere. What a wonderful promise to behold and what comfort it brings. There is never a circumstance in life in which the truth of the Lord cannot help us weather the storm and learn what we need to grow as we wait upon God.
Those who fear the Lord display His truth and this is done through waiting on Him.
You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalms 60:4, NKJV)
In this verse the cause is God’s truth seen by the word because. The effect of God’s truth is that a banner is given to be displayed. A banner in Hebrew is a noun indicating a banner, a standard. It refers to a symbol or sign representing a cause, a person, or God. Once again David is showing us that our Lord and Master is to be front and center in our lives and should be seen by those around us. The person who is developing character displays God through his or her life. A banner would lead a nation in battle, displayed in the front of the army as it marched into war. The disciple puts the Lord in front as the battle wages so the enemy can see who he is fighting against. The person of character does not promote the self and puts self up against the adversary, rather God is in front leading the charge.
Take time to examine your life in prayer. Is the Lord your banner? Does the enemy see you and lick his chops or does he see God and is in retreat? Pray that the Lord, not you, is on display.