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 words are truth and are certain and these become evident when we wait upon Him with great hope (Part 2).
The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright – words of truth. (Ecclesiastes 12:10, NKJV)
And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. (Isaiah 10:20, NKJV, emphasis added)
Acceptable words…what was written was upright…words of truth. Acceptable in the Hebrew means delight, pleasure, desire, matter. The root idea is to incline toward something. The words of God are to be sought after with pleasure – it should not be a chore to wait upon the Lord and to rely upon His words of truth. The Hebrew word for upright is concerning the straightness of the path the words of truth lead the disciple. The words of God are to lead us unto all truth for our lives. This passage emphasizes the attitude the believer should have when seeking out God through waiting.
Will never again depend on him who defeated them. Before we came to Christ and His righteousness was imparted to us we lived in defeat and apart from God (Romans 3 and 4). We were in bondage to the Enemy (Romans 8:15, 21; Galatians 4:3 and 5:1; Hebrews 2:14-15; and 2 Peter 2:19). It is hard to believe that we once depended upon the Adversary (1 Timothy 5:14; Hebrews 2:14; and 1 Peter 5:8) to guide our lives into the pit of despair and on a path to nowhere. But because of the gift of grace (Romans 5:15-18 and 6:23; and Ephesians 2:8 and 3:7) we no longer live for the enemy of our souls but onto the One who purchased us from the slave market – Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23; Acts 20:28; and Ephesians 1:14).
But will depend on the LORD…in truth. Depend in the Hebrew a verb meaning to lean, to rely, to support oneself. This verb is found only in the passive form, but it is active in meaning. In its simplest meaning, it refers to leaning on things for support. This describes the person who is building Christian character by waiting upon God in truth – he leans upon the Lord for support. This is why we are to diligently seek His will in truth. What a comfort it is to be in the hands of the loving Father who only desires what is good for us.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11, NASB)
What or Who are you leaning upon? Choose not to lean upon the self, but upon the God who reveals Himself through His word of truth.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5, NASB)