On October 25th I set down to spend time in the Word by reading a Psalm and Proverb for the day. This is usually how I start out my quiet time. I began by reading Psalm 51 and verse six jumped out at me.
"Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart." (ESV)
In my quest to find out more on this verse, I looked up a different translation because I love words and meanings and I found this gem:
"Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom" (WBT)
I continued searching Biblical commentary on this particular verse to see line by line what truths this verse has to offer. Here a few things that stood out to me from Barnes' Notes on the Bible. "The word 'desirest' means to have pleasure in and 'inward parts'=the reins, the seat of the mind, the feelings. The 'hidden part' is the heart, the depths of the soul. The cleansing was to begin in that which was hidden from the eye of man, in the soul itself. 'Thou shalt make me to know wisdom'-Thou only canst enable me to understand what is truly wise."
I was so moved by this verse I decided to Instagram a photo of my journal page with the verse written in my own handwriting. And I captioned it, "Make me to know". Oh how I long to know wisdom. And then something so cool happened. Lisa Whittle commented on my photo. Y'all that is huge for me. She is one of my absolute favorite authors. She told me that her book, "Behind Those Eyes" was based on Psalm 51:6. I own the book but haven't read it...yet. I feel like the Lord is setting me up to read it and I am so looking forward it. If you have never read any of Lisa's books, you should. Life. Changing.
So I continued with my quiet time and offered prayer to the Lord for Him to help me to know wisdom in my secret heart. I told him that I wanted to be made whole in Him, lacking nothing. He is so faithful to me. He knows the desire of my heart, my dreams and He is always working on my behalf even when I don't hear anything or see anything. I love that about Him.
Fast forward to today; the day after Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, here in Maine, we only experienced rain and high winds. In our home, we didn't lose power at all...even though I was ready and had those flash lights and candles on stand-by. Sigh.
I was checking my Twitter feed and noticed that Beth Moore was holding prayer for those affected by the storm at 11:15 AM CST which is 12:15 PM my time so I sat down at my desk and waited because of the time difference. While reading Beth's blog I saw a broadcast from October 25th that I missed called 'A Deceptive Heart'. It was so great to hear her share from her heart.
(Sidenote: I get to see her in person this Friday and Saturday at Living Proof Live. YAY!)
Anyway, she was almost done speaking and she said, "God loves us. If we are not zealous about truth in our inmost parts, we got all manner of lie." It struck such a nerve in me and she then shared Psalm 51:6 and I completely froze. I love how God uses those that inspire me to speak His truth to me and to let me know that He hears and sees me. He knows the desires of my heart. He knows my life dream. Beth continued to say, "He delights to bring truth in the inward parts."
He is the Lord, the heart knower. That completely overwhelms me with joy. He knows. Even when I don't. He does. How great is our God.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. My prayer is that I would not be afraid to share the things that God has placed within my heart; my sanctified and satisfied (in the Lord) heart.
I love words. I love meanings. I love to write and I love the Lord.
This is me.