David is described by God as a man after His own heart. Anyone who has done a character study on David realizes this man was far from perfect. In fact, compared to some other prominent figures in Biblical history, it might seem downright surprising that God would say this about David and not some of the others. But the real reason God spoke so favorably about David is that despite his sins, he loved God. He had a deep and abiding faith in God. And when it really counted, David trusted God. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that when we begin looking at truth, we begin by looking at a psalm of David.
Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
– Psalm 25:4-5, NIV
David desired to follow God’s ways. He asked God to teach him and guide him in God’s truth. This is a recognition by David that the ways of God were above and beyond the ways of men. We have our laws and our rules and our conventions and our traditions. But those ways are a far second to the ways of God. And when the ways and beliefs of man conflict with God’s, it is man who is wrong. David understood this at a very young age. Now, he might not have always followed the ways of God, but the desire of his heart was to do so. So much so that he was even to ask God to test him:
Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for your love is ever before me,
and I walk continually in your truth.
– Psalm 26:2-3, NIV
David said he walked continually in God’s truth. That’s why he was willing to be tested by God. He was opening himself up to God’s careful examination. How different this is than many of us, who would rather God not see our innermost being. We know, of course, that He does, but we would rather He didn’t, if such a thing were possible. But not David. He wanted to be an open book to God. Which reminds me of a hook from Da’ T.R.U.T.H. on his song Open Book from the album of the same name:
Ain’t nothing that He don’t see
Just when you thought that nobody was watching
Understand that God is watching—your life’s an Open Book
Whether or not we seek after God’s truth and walk in it is up to us. However, the fact of the matter is at some point we’ll face God and we’ll be held to that truth. Nothing escapes His notice. Now we can try and hide like bugs under a rock, but eventually we’ll be exposed before His light. Or we can choose to be like David, seeking after God and looking to be just like Him. On that note, I’ll close on some other lyrics from the Open Book album, this one from a song titled Man Up:
But a godly man is a stickler for Holiness
Him and Christ look alike
Sort of like the Olsen twins
And He practices what he preaches from the Holy script
Are we sticklers for holiness? We can be, but it means we care about God’s truth. It means we seek after it, we choose to walk in it, and we’re willing to be tested by God on it. The choice is ours.