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     “. . . therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.”   – Psalm 51:6b

This  Psalm is full of imperatives, full of entreaties by the Psalmist to God.  Today, it’s to teach us.

I remember my 6th grade science teacher, Mr. Enright.  This was the introduction to physics and there were many class sessions where I was in an utter fog.   But then, there were classes when it all became clear and the feeling was nothing short of exhilarating.   Have you ever had that experience yourself when a teacher unlocked a concept or field of study for you and it was like they opened a window on a gorgeous day and the fresh air just flowed into the house?

Today is another day where reflecting the part A and part B of the verse together is useful.   “You desire truth in the inward being (part A), therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart” (part B).   I’m intrigued by two parallels.   “Wisdom” is an elaboration on “truth” and  “in my secret heart” is a further description of “the inward being.”

When we think of wisdom in the Bible, we often think of Solomon.   But the book which speaks most often of wisdom is Proverbs where wisdom is discussed  49 times.   One passage  says:

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.  Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;  prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you.   (Proverbs 2:6-11)

There’s also an internal dynamic to this verse — the “inward being” and “secret heart” which reminds me of Jeremiah’s call that,  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33 )

Do we seek truth and wisdom from God?  Do we seek to be changed by God at our inner-most being, upon our heart?


Dear Lord,

Teach us, shape us, mold us into the people you want us to be.   We can’t do it on our own; so help us to trust and rely upon you.