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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 08, 2022
Inward Man

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Psalm 51:1-19 KJV
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

The inward man, that part no one sees but God. The part that worships God in secret and in truth, without wisdom from one's own soul. We think we are wise we must becomes fools? To be wise is to be a fool before God, for his wisdom out weighs our wisdom any day. Yet God give wisdom and truth to anyone that ask and will listen. Wisdom is of God. David in his sin judged his inward heart as the Prophet Nathan came and spoke to him in a parable/story to his understanding of what he had done to one sheep of God and Israel. David seen his inquities and began to repent. I talked a few years back on this repentance going through all the Psalms. David repentance seem to be in thought through many of the Psalms.

We got to recognize David not only a king but a man. A rich man by war and glory bestowed on him by obedience to God. Yet his valor did not make him immune to sin, only made his desire far easier to perform. Who was Bathesheba to deny the king. No laws protector but God's law. Either the king respected God or did not. David on this occasion sinned regarding not the laws of God, because of the desires of his heart. His desires so great he was willing to destroy Bathesheba family, in regard to killing her husband, because he would not return to his wife during time of war though he was summons back to Israel and could of easily seen his wife.

The innerward man Of David going insane of how to get rid of the problem and having Bathesheba husband killed in the line of duty and declared a hero. Bathesheba then becomes his bride and her pregnancy no longer having to be hidden. He harbor no emotion to his action, until Nathan the prophet came to him. He thought his action all a secret but did not get past God finding out and sending a prophet to him to discuss his actions.

David fell to knees in repentance and a contrite/repented heart. The inward man summons by God inwardly, the outward man before the prophet of God only knew by David remorse of his repentance. David's son became ill that was born, and he began to weep, he shut himself in a room and mourned and wept in his repentance in hopes God would spare his son. It outward show nothing compared to the remorse of his heart, that declare in more the one Psalms. The pain etched a scar only God could forgive and heal in due time.

Our sin not marred by the sin in our heart but marred by God's Spirit speaking to the inward man about the sin. The truth nailing us in submission, or understanding of our sin is not pleasing God at all. God's word sharper then any two edge sword. God already marked David as his Son, not only because he was Israelite because of his desire to please God, however this one occasion David sin caught him and declared to him by a prophet. His sin was becoming gross in God's eyes. His sin becoming reaching the heighth of heaven, because one woman and one man had been sacrificed for his sin. The woman alive but she no doubt in her heart blamed herself for her husband death perhaps. Maybe even in anguish over it. Scripture never talks about Bathesheba response to David sin, or her own rape, and forced to live with the king afterwards. Does not say if she truly was a harlot or only just bathing in a place she should not of in the night. She was bathing in a fountain near the palace when David seen her late one night. Had he taken her for a harlot. Only a women trying to hide her nudity at the hour in ignorance, no one knows.

God dealt with David heart. His inward part his soul. Our soul is what God deals with in secret, but at the same time he had the ability to send us someone to undestand the grossness of our sin, to prick our attention we can not hide from our sin. When we ask God for wisdom and truth, what are we seeking, to know if God truly knows us inwardly. Does he truly know our inner parts of our heart, to speak to our need of setting our soul free from inquity through repentance, sorrow and shame.

David in the Psalms exposes his shame, inquity and sorrow. Yet he also declares God not pleased with sacrifice but a contrite heart. A heart desiring change for God's glory and honor. Yet Christ would die for our sin, animal sacrifices of the hold testament abolished by the cross of Jesus. The knowledge of the contrite heart, the repented heart convicting the sinner to shame being more honorable to God.

We want wisdom, understanding and knowledge from God, we are also asking God to purge our hearts of those things unclean in us. His truth speaking to our Spirit on all things hidden within us. God not always talking to the world about the things of our heart, but to the inward man. One sin of David's declared because it effect the house and military of Israel. He destroy one of his own to try and cover his sin.

What then when we ourselves are in need of old fashion altar is God convicting us publicly or in secret. Where would you rather have your sin corrected: would it be in secret or in the public eye. Most would rather have God convict the heart in secret as his children, but the type of sin of David was no doubt known by Bathesheba people among at least the women. We do not know how far reaching David sin was but it would be exposed to the nation, and he would almost loose his palace because of it. His Son would rip part of the kingdom from him only for his other son to die too. Restoring the kingdom to David physically but not spiritually restoration. Part of the country would stay mindfully split and not physically.

The desire for the clean heart comes to every believer, and when we ask God to cleanse us, is willing to purge our heart and numb our sorrow with the knowledge of his forgiveness and mercy in our life. David sin was not without correction. Our repentance at the altar upon faith in Christ Jesus comes with a clean heart, without punishment other then Christ cross, our sorrow etched at the cross, and joy comes with the knowledge of the resurrection and forgiveness.

There are things spiritually only God can show you, I can not. I was listening to a speech the other day, and I thought to myself the inward part was missing because only the outwardness of the speech was displayed. Man is often lost by is outward showing, forgetting God almighty sees inwardly. That the part his Spirit speaks to us as his children, and even before faith. God convicts the sinner ultimately by his presence. His hovering of His Spirit in our life, and when we resist he might not be so evidently felt by our soul, but the coviction is still real and remembered by each of us when we first came to repentance and even after when we sinned with yielding to our desires.

Every Christian must work through times of guilt and conviction, but even so, God is merciful to forgive. He wants us to be truthful about our sin to him, and our desire to turn away from those things that does not please or glorify him. We think no one sees, but God see our inward parts and gives understanding to our heart. God was speaking to Job(in Job 38:36 continual scripture Study/CSS) about who gave him wisdom and understanding. David own wisdom came from God has well.

Wisdom is from above. Wisdom is also something God gives to enable man to see clearly even his own heart. When we ask know that truth is coming too and knowledge and understanding as well. One can not have one in truth without the other. God gives it to anyone that ask.

Dear Heavenly Father, grant us wisdom and understanding of our own heart, and cleanse us with the truth of your word. Make us clean with the knowledge of your grace in our life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Job 38:36 KJV
36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

James 1:5 KJV
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


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