Text: “For Thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes; and I have walked in Thy truth. I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.”
Good morning, Christian walking in the Truth! It is one thing to say that one KNOWS the truth, it is quite another to actually prove one is walking in the Truth. Amen? We who are utterly privileged to know the Truth (Christ Jesus), must at all times seek to show that we are walking in the Truth. Our witness for Christ is a daily necessity.
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses and continues to cleanse) us from ALL sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth (Jesus Christ) is not in us.” (1 John 1:6-8)
It has been my own personal experience - this past thirty-four plus years - that the true Christian’s walk is never in a completely straight line. A strange thing for a Pastor and a Bible Teacher to say, but TRUTH and HONESTY are what really matters in the Christian life, and if we are honest and truthful, we KNOW we too often fail the Lord as we ‘walk as pilgrims through this barren land’ of life. Amen? God knows our heart’s; He understands the weakness of our mortal frame; He gives us His grace.
The apostle Paul was brutally honest in relation to his own daily state as a natural born sinner like you and like me.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me (I know what I should be doing/saying/thinking); but how to perform that which is good I find not (I fail too often). For the good that I would (do) I do not; but the evil which I would not (do), that I do…O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord…” (Romans 7:18-25)
One thing to always remember when seeking to understand such deep Bible teachings is this: the Lord God rewards you and I according to the sincere motives of our hearts, and not according to what we actually achieve in any given area of our daily lives.
“…For the Lord seeth (sees and continues to see) not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart (the motivation of the essence of ones being).” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Verse 3. “And I have walked in Thy truth. Some talk of truth; it is better to walk in it. Some vow to do well in future, but their resolutions come to nothing; only the regenerate man can say, ‘I have walked in Thy truth.’” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 132)
“…but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses and continues to cleanse) us from ALL sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Verses 3-4. God will not shake the wicked by the hand, as the Vulgate reads: (Job 8:20), neither must the godly man. David proves the sincerity of his course by his care to avoid such society.” (George Swinnock 1627-1673)
The Bible doctrine of Separation is one of the most neglected doctrines taught in the church today - “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” - (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
We Bible-believing Christians are now children of God, through faith in God’s Son, Christ Jesus. We are Eternally SEPARATED from God’s wrath against sin, and unto Eternal life with Him. Praise God it is so, we are a separated and most peculiar people. Thanks be to the Lord God! (1 Peter 2:9-10)
We who where once worldly ‘goats’ are now Christ’s ‘sheep‘! (John 1:12-13)
Christ, and Christ alone could determine and achieve this Eternal separation for us. Christ Jesus is, therefore, ‘the Great Separator’. Glory to His Name. Thank you, Lord. (John 17:1-3)
The Eternal purpose of God the Father was, is, and shall be, perfectly fulfilled by His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus. Christ was sent to save all those whom the Father had determined to save ‘…from before the foundation of the world…’. Christ came, in obedience to His Father’s Eternal will, to save all those whom God the Father had ordained to receive Salvation - and that is what He continues to do today. Christ causes this Eternal separation. If Christ has separated us from the world, we should do the same, continually. We can either be His ‘sheep’, or worldly ‘goats’, we can’t be both!
Let us determine afresh to walk in the light, in God’s Truth; in Christ‘s fellowship.