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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 86:11

Psalm 86:11

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

What is truth? Pontius Pilate asked the same question of Jesus at his trial, when Jesus declared that everyone who listens to His voice is of the truth. Today absolute truth is being thrust aside in favor of relativism: what’s true for you isn’t necessarily true for me. Relativism states there is no absolute truth, but isn’t such a claim absolute truth itself? Blaise Pascal said, “Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth, we shall never

recognize it.”

Using the language of wisdom literature, the psalmist asks God to teach him His way, that he may walk according to the truth. In walking in truth, it’s the prayer of the psalmist that his heart would be united to fear the Lord, not to be double-minded in his allegiance to God, as the man in James 1:8 who is unstable in all his ways. To walk in God’s truth is to be undivided in our devotion to Him. His words and precepts stand supreme and hold absolute authority over our lives. This world has nothing it can offer us. As believers, we are stewards of this truth, and since we’re given our hearts over to the Lord Jesus Christ, the “truth” of this world has no influence on us and crumbles in the blinding light of God’s truth. The world’s truth will fail the test every time when it smacks into the eternal truth of God.

Are there days when you would prefer to ignore the culture wars, name-calling, and “fake news” and hear only the truth? I feel the same way. In John 14:6, Jesus said there is only one truth: Himself. In John 8, he tells the Jews who believed in Him that “if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew Henry: “It is our duty not only to hold fast, but to hold forth the word of life.” Let’s do both today, to the glory of God.

Further Reading: 2 Peter 2; Isaiah 41:10-13

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, You are our way, our truth, and our life. Worldly wisdom will fail us, but You never will. Guide our hearts daily to follow only You. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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