Message summary: Are we giving attention to God’s truth? Our prayer today is expressed by the Psalmist, “Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me” (Psalm 43:3).
“Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me” (Psalm 43:3). “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him” (Daniel 9:13,14).
While believers in the Western world currently enjoy relative safety from most severe forms of persecution, followers of Christ, during the first three or four centuries after Christ’s death and resurrection, commonly faced the loss of property, livelihood, health, and even their lives. (taken from “The One Year Men of the Bible”).
Daniel summarized the foundational reason leading to this disaster as “we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God” and goes on to specify two ways in which we should seek God’s favor:
2) by giving attention to God’s truth
Today we want to consider just a single phrase, “giving attention to Your truth”. Just consider how common this failure to give attention to God’s truth is today. Evidence of people’s rejection of God’s truth is all around us. I once read a thought provoking quote, “Truth is hate to those who hate the truth”. Indeed many today hate the truth and sadly they associate the truth with hate, often referring to it as “hate speech”.
The God of the universe is fundamentally characterized by truth. Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6). He said of His Father “Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). He spoke of the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). Isaiah uses the descriptive title, “God of truth” (65:16). The Psalmist asserts, “All your words are true” (Psalm 119:160). And the writer of Hebrews informs us that “It is impossible for God to lie” (6:18). What great assurance this brings God’s people as they build their spiritual foundation on God’s Holy Word!
The ancient people of God did not give attention to God’s truth and neither have the majority of God’s creation including those living today. One of the most descriptive verses in the Bible regarding the human condition is found in the Epistle to the Romans, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (1:25). Talk about moral bankruptcy! The apostle Paul gives a sobering indictment in 2 Thessalonians 2:10, “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved”.
But what about us today? Are we giving attention to God’s truth? Our prayer today is expressed by the Psalmist, “Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me” (Psalm 43:3).
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber