Inside Truth

Tim Jackson —  October 16, 2012 — 10 Comments

I recently reread the words of David penned about a year after he’d perpetrated the inconceivable—adultery and murder.  This lauded king of Israel—the sweet lyricist who’d earlier written, perhaps as a shepherd boy in the pasturelands of Judah, what may be the best known and beloved psalm  (Psalm 23)—stole the wife of one of his closest colleagues and then had him killed to cover it up.

This is what David wrote: “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” (Psalm 51:6).

What motivated him to pen these words?

David came face to face with the inescapable awareness of the depths of his sin (v.3). With the help of Nathan the prophet (2 Sam. 12:1-14), David became deeply aware and convicted of how he’d come to despise the word of the Lord (v.9) and perpetrated such an unthinkable evil for which he had no excuse or remedy. It was something he was powerless to uproot. It required the healing touch of the Divine Surgeon to expose, cut out, and forgive his sin.

But what struck me the most about this passage wasn’t the darkness of David’s heart. Anyone who is honest with one’s self knows what darkness lurks within. Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s conviction echoes this sentiment when he clarifies that “the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”

What it exposes most is the heart of God. It’s God’s desire that we be honest with ourselves. Telling the truth is fundamental to the heart of God. That makes it easier to see why self-deception is one of the greatest threats to our personal integrity in relationships. It’s the lies we tell ourselves that are often the most convincing and most stubborn to uproot. And it’s the lies we tell ourselves in secret that give birth to the kinds of actions we’d normally consider despicable. Somehow, in the darkness of self-deception, otherwise reprehensible behaviors become justifiable over time . . . until someone shines a light into the dark crevices of our hearts, revealing the truth and causing us to remember.

Learning to tell ourselves the truth—no matter the consequences—helps us avoid far more devastating consequences resulting from embracing lies. I think telling ourselves the truth will change the way we treat others. Don’t you? Love to hear your thoughts.

Tim Jackson

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Tim Jackson is married to his college sweetheart, Cole. They have 3 adult children. Tim is the producer for the website, writes Discover Series booklets on a variety of counseling issues and hosts webinars for RBC Ministries. He's also the founder and president of Still Waters Counseling & Equipping Ministries, PC, a local counseling practice serving individuals, couples and families. When not in the office, you will probably find him up a tree with a bow, in a duck blind or fly fishing on one of Michigan's many rivers.

10 responses to Inside Truth

  1. Telling ourselves and others the truth whether it be bitter or not will definately go a long way in making us right with God. I pray God helps me to be mindful of His presence at all times and by so doing by truthful in all ways.

    Thanks for sharing

  2. As the bible says, the only thing that you and I be set free is the “TRUTH”. To live holy and worship Him in truth. To tell the truth takes off burden, release tense in our body, clear our mind and live freely like nothing is weighing me down. Jesus is the way, the TRUTH, and life.. I thank God for David’s truthfullness that shows us to tell the truth no matter what kind of situation we will face or in..

  3. Without the truth, we just keep adding to our burden! it could be difficult accepting and telling the truth but it will definitely go a long way in keeping us closer to our creator, winning souls for our creator and even giving us rest of mind! Remember, telling the truth, put the devil to shame!!! it’s all about God.

  4. “It’s the lies we tell ourselves that are often the most convincing and most stubborn to uproot.” Too true. It seems that our conscience does not react when we lie to ourselves as it does when we lie to others. It is far too easy to find what we want to hear; support for what we want to be true. Brings to mind the phrase from second Thessalonians 2:11, “strong delusion”.
    Jesus, the light of the world, is the only way to illuminate those “dark crevices of our hearts”. Thanks for shining the Light.

  5. If each and every Christian would look, deep into their past, there would never be any “finger-pointing, judging of any kind, of another person!

  6. “It’s the lies we tell ourselves that are often the most covincing and the most stubborn to uproot.” when we lie, especially to oneself, we are really closing to door, and our hearts to God’s Devine grace and love. Doing thus, is opening to door to the devil to enter in and cause more and more sin. It is with a truly humbled heart we realize what we have done, often through the help of others, just like David in Ps 51:9. God has been patiently waiting for us to truly and wholeheartedly acknowledge our sin and to ask for forgiveness and to possibly make right what we’ve done.’

    I’ve read this and right away thought of my son who’s in prison right now for crimes/sins he’s committed on young children. This isn’t the first time he’s done this. Everytime he’s been in a correctional facility, even as a youth, at the end of our visitation I’d tell him “Behave and remember I love you.” to which he’d always, still does, “Love you too and I’m always good.” This really upsets me, as it’s been evident he’s lying to himself. He’s done this for so long I believe he’s convinced himself he’s “always good”.

    Thank you so much for your words.

  7. Could you send to me a recent copy of Our Daily Bread which spoke about how God WAS even before the beginning?


    Eldred Baird

  8. Eldred,
    I’ll pass your request along to the ODB team.

  9. Joselynn,

    I think your mother’s heart is telling you the truth. Continue to pray that he learns that he can’t continue the pattern of self-deception that’s resulted in multiple incarcerations.

  10. Jean,

    You’ve got that right.

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