“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 NASB
Years ago, I had to pass a polygraph (lie detector) test in order to be cleared for employment. It was actually rather frightening to be connected to multiple electrical sensors that recorded every physiological parameter. The examiner did his best to make me comfortable, and I had no intention of lying, but I was very nervous nonetheless! I wanted to be very certain that I answered each question as accurately and factually as possible.
God has a different view of truth; for Him, truth is more than simply a set of factual information or accurately-reported data. In David’s celebrated psalm of repentance, he affirms the fact that God’s desire is for truth to RESIDE in our innermost being. When we remember that Truth is a Person, Jesus Christ, this verse takes on fresh significance. In John 14:6 (NASB), Jesus declares, “‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'” The truth is indeed not a set of facts, but the Person of Jesus Christ, the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) in all His fullness. God’s desire is to dwell in our inmost being. What an amazing, mind-boggling concept! Jesus IS Emmanuel, God with us, in us, the hope of glory (see Matthew 1:23; Colossians1:27). The cry of David’s heart and his recognition of God’s desire for truth in our innermost being was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. David was truly expressing prophetic Truth! God dwells in us by His Spirit and transforms us from the inside out! He promises that we will KNOW the TRUTH, and that the TRUTH will set us free (John 8:32). We don’t have to rely on external indicators, piles of factual information, or electrodes to verify the truth — we have the truth resident IN us! Praise God for His Truth, His Presence, and His resurrection Life IN US! May the Truth accomplish His perfect work in me!