Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. - Psalm 51:6 ESV
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. - Psalm 51:6 NIV
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To better grasp this verse, we must look to a common dichotomy in the bible–– wisdom and folly. Wisdom, in the biblical sense, is integrity and righteousness. Sin is referred to as folly. David here follows up on his last idea of corruption since birth. David admits his fallen condition but then expresses God’s will for us. That we would let God’s truth be planted in us so deeply that any exposure of His truth on the surface to those around us is just a glimpse of the deep roots of wisdom firmly planted in our hearts. We need God to prune out the weeds of folly and sin from our hearts, and we need Him to plant new vegetation which will bring forth fruit.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” - Psalm 1:1-3
As God delights in truth in our inward being and then teaches us wisdom, it becomes our delight as well. Delight like this is the mark of a Christian. God’s commands and laws are no longer limitations in our minds, but guardrails for true freedom and flourishing. We begin to love what He loves, and we feel the results. When you are planted by streams of water, your leaves no longer wither.
Take some time to meditate on God’s word and ask yourself where you have been planted. Do you see fruit? Are your leaves withering? Ask God to teach you wisdom in your most innermost being that it moves from “head knowledge” to “heart experience”.