Total Honesty

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Psalm 51:6. Here King David comes to himself, after sinning greatly, subsequently ordering the death of Bathsheba’s husband Uriah. After which David goes before God to ask for forgiveness and mercy. David says in verse 6 - “Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part you make me to know wisdom”. Once he came to himself, David woke up and received the revelation that the Lord requires honesty. He found out that he couldn’t hide from God, so at the very least he had to be honest with himself. God requires this from those who serve Him. This is what it will take to have the privilege of dwelling in the secret place and having a deeper relationship with him. We can’t expect to gain Godly wisdom if we continue to lie to ourselves and go before a God who knows all things.

I love the fact that David was finally able to be honest about what he had done and where his heart was during his sin. He says in verses 3 through 6, “for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you and you only, have I sinned and done what is evil your sight; so you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Now, that is to be admired. Finding honesty like that has become like finding a rare jewel. Total honesty is like a refreshing rain after a drought. This kind of honesty comes from trusting God completely, knowing that a contrite heart he would never despise. He will always be faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

One of the challenges of pastoral counseling is that people often find it difficult to be completely honest. They fear that they may be judged if they disclose everything. So they usually only tell you half of the truth. The problem is when you’re only told half of the story you can only give a partial solution. It’s like serving God with a portion of yourself and forgetting that he knows your up rising and down sitting. God requires every part of us so that He can bless every part of us. Genuine healing is found through the unfolding of fearless honesty.

Maybe it would be easier to be truthful the way God desires if we knew the blessing in Truth itself. According to 1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The power of this passage is in the confession. His righteousness is made complete as you courageously tell the truth. The thing about truth is that it bears strong fruit that remains when all else fails. With a deep desire to be a person of honesty, although at times it may be difficult, I determine to press on and move forward toward the mark of truth. My prayer is that we will all reach a place of humility and maturity. I believe that these kinds of people are World Overcomers. My darling sister, I know it’s hard to lay yourself bare, but you must remember that you are an overcomer and that you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength.

So be encouraged, and don’t shrink back. Believe and be saved.