Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:6 (NKJV)

And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Matthew 22:16 (NKJV)

We have been considering the idea that God desires truths in the inward parts for a few weeks. This is taken from the Psalm that David wrote in repentance after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and ordered for the murder of her husband, Uriah (Psalm 51:6). In reality, David knew what he was doing and had no excuse, as he really should have gone out to battle as kings normally did in that particular season. Instead, his idleness made him vulnerable to sinful suggestions and he acted on them in a series of disastrous choices fuelled by self-preservation. Idleness and self-preservation are dangerous and can get us into trouble.

Whenever we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, we must go to God for help. Attempting to fix things ourselves is a symptom of pride, and can result in idolatrous obsession with self, which is the exact opposite of what God desires: truth in the inward parts.

In His mercy, God sent a prophet to warn David, because there was a good future that was possible for David if he would listen. Indeed, for all humans, God makes a good future available to us if we listen to Him (Isaiah 55:3). At every turn in our lives, He sends His Word to guide us through sermons, reading the Scriptures, and reminders of Scripture in our hearts. Truth is absolute and never relative; this is why Joseph could deliberately withstand the repeated pressure Potiphar's wife placed on him to sin (Genesis 39:10). Even for us today, we can rely on the absolute truth of God's Word and still prosper!

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