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)
Truth is for those who devise good and we know this by waiting on God with great hope.
Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. (Proverbs 14:22, NKJV)
The Hebrew word for devise means to plow, to engrave. It refers to plowing, tilling the soil. Thusly, the act of devising takes work and effort and a disruption of the normal state of things. This passage then presents an active choice between working toward evil or working toward good (Psalm 34:14 and 37:3, 27; Ecclesiastes 3:12; Isaiah 1:17; Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27, 35; Galatians 6:2; 1 Timothy 6:18; Hebrews 13:16; and 1 Peter 2:20 and 3:11). The choice would seem to be obvious to the Spirit-filled believer. But those who make the right choice (for those who are still without a clue: it is to work toward good) do so because they have the character built in them of mercy and truth. These character traits come to those who wait upon God. It cannot be stated enough: mercy and truth go together like peanut butter and jelly, or for those with a really sweet tooth, peanut butter and chocolate. Devise to do good as you wait upon the living God in mercy and truth.
Truth atones for iniquity and we learn to hope in this by waiting upon God with hope.
In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. (Proverbs 16:6, NKJV)
It would be real easy to get into the deeper theological topics of atonement and iniquity at this point, but we will make this discussion light. Atonement is the legal process by which a just and righteous God reconciles a sinful and fallen man to Himself. Iniquity is sin that separates man from the Lord. This passage is telling us that God’s mercy and truth, working together, provides atonement for our sin, and reconciles us to fellowship with the Lord. In the Old Testament the sacrificial system looked forward to the New Testament when God’s work of reconciliation was done through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. The disciple is now free to live in the fear of the LORD and not practice evil anymore due to the impartation of the Divine nature (study Romans 6 – the mechanics; Romans 7 – the self-will does not work; and Romans 8 – the Spirit led life is victorious in Christ). When we wait upon God and prayerfully consider what He has accomplished through Christ for us we can walk in His truth, as He has designed, by His Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has been given to you for many reasons, one of which is to empower you to make the right choices that glorify God and benefit the kingdom. We learn to hear the Spirit by living a life that waits upon the Lord. Prayerfully meditate upon the Scriptures given that teach us to choose to do good over evil.
Psalm 34:14, Psalm 37:3 and 27, Ecclesiastes 3:12, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27 and 35, Galatians 6:2, 1 Timothy 6:18, Hebrews 13:16, 1 Peter 2:20, 1 Peter 3:11