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)
We walk before God in truth and we do that as we are waiting on Him with great hope.
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth (his mind was stayed on Him; previous blog post meditation) and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (Isaiah 38:2-3, NKJV)
Hezekiah was one of the good kings of Judah and it is said of him, “And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.” (2 Kings 18:3) Isaiah writes in reference to the time in Hezekiah’s life in which he was told he was not going to survive his sickness and he should get his house in order (Isaiah 38:1). But this man of faith prayed to God and had his life extended fifteen years (Isaiah 38:4). This passage tells us why Hezekiah was a good king, following his ancestor David’s example.
First off Hezekiah walked before the LORD in truth and with a loyal heart. Walked as used here is the consistent life of character that Hezekiah lived was done in truth. Hezekiah sought the truth of God and followed that truth. Hezekiah’s ways and paths were ordered of the Lord God and it became who he was in life. The results were clearly seen as the writer of Kings points out. Because Hezekiah walked in truth he also walked with a loyal heart – he kept the truth in his heart and instinctively made it part of him. This does not imply that he did not sin, but his inclination was to follow the truth of the Lord. We as disciples of Jesus the Christ have the same inclination because we have been given the Holy Spirit to impart in us the divine nature. We will not always choose to follow the Spirit, but our inclination is to do so.
Secondly, Hezekiah was obedient to the truth and did what was good in God’s sight. We are not saved by works (Ephesians 2:8-9) as Christians but we are instructed to be obedient because we are saved and belong to our Savior and Master (John 14:21-24 and 15:10; Romans 1:5; Hebrews 5:9; Romans 6:16, 19, and 26; 1 John 2:3-6, 3:22-24, and 5:1-5; 2 John 6; Acts 5:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8 and 3:14; 1 Peter 1:2, 14:1 Corinthians 7:19 and 14:37; 2 Corinthians 7:17 and 9:13; and Revelation 12:17, 14:12 and 22:14). As we wait on God and develop Christian character the Holy Spirit changes us so we, like Hezekiah, will do what is right in the Lord’s sight through obedience to the truth.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10, NASB)
Prayerfully read and meditate upon the following Scriptures regarding obedience and submit to the Holy Spirit in all truth and walk as Hezekiah and his ancestor David did before him:
John 14:21-24; John15:10; Romans 1:5; Hebrews 5:9; Romans 6:16; Romans 6:26; 1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 3:22-24; 1 John 5:1-5; 2 John 6; Acts 5:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Peter 1:14; 1 Corinthians 7:19; 1 Corinthians14:37; 2 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 9:13; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12; Revelation 22:14