6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
(Psalm 51:5-6, King James Version)
Shaped in Sin
Some of the greatest truths of God are nestled in the Psalms. Do you doubt that you actually sin? Do you see your life as no worse than your neighbors, therefore free from guilt. Psalm 51:5 states, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
We are without hope! We were conceived and shaped in sin! Even before we drew our first breath, God looked upon us and saw our sin. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they brought death to all mankind. Satan truly thought he gained a great victory that day. However, though we may be plagued with sin, and wrestle with it every day we live in this world, the final victory belongs to Christ.
Though Christ had not yet come and offered up His life in payment for his sins, David already understood that there was forgiveness in God. Before that first sin even occurred, God had already planned a solution.
Our difficulty comes when we compare ourselves to others, when we should, instead, be comparing ourselves to God. Compared to others, we will usually find ourselves no worse than our neighbor, and maybe even better! However, no man can truly stand before God and believe to be His equal.
In God, there is no darkness at all, neither shadow of turning. He is the Light of all lights, existing in perfect holiness. Even the angels of heaven, though they have never sinned, are not to be compared to God! How, then, can we hope to find any help apart from Him?
I think, perhaps, David had this in mind in Psalm 51:6.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.In his heart of hearts, David understood that only God could make him to know wisdom. What an amazing God we have. He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, so that we do not have to live this life in ignorance. As a matter of fact, even more has been revealed to us than had been revealed to King David. In the New Testament, we are given the rest of the story.
Christ has come, bringing to us salvation, full and free! Yes, we are shaped in sin, but through Christ we have been made alive again before God. That is the good news of the Gospel--and it is free!
God Bless You,