Write 31 days - Fruit of Faithfulness Challenge

You (God) Desired Faithfulness Even in the Womb

Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 3

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Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. -Psalm 51:6 (NIV)

The Good News Translations of this verse suggests faithfulness  as “truth ” and “sincerity” and reads:

Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom. Psalm 51:6

I love this verse alone, but I really love this verse in the rest of the Psalm. Here is some more context:

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Indeed we are all born sinners. Because of Adam and Eve and the consequences of the fall, we all are born with a sinful nature, and are born far apart from God.In fact, in Isiah, we are thought of as “filthy rags” (and friends, I once heard the story behind what this means and it is quite vile so I will spare you the details) Apart from God we are sinners, bound by our selfishness, pride and greed. Sure we can try to do good, but apart from God we are not good.

Sinful at birth, we are in immediate need of a savior.

I love the next verse:

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. -Psalm 51:6 (NIV)

Right away two things stand out to me:

  1. When God created us in the womb, He desired great things for us 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

          2.  In the womb, He was already preparing us by teaching us wisdom. Not just any wisdom, but His wisdom. Not only that, but it was given to us “in that secret place”.

His wisdom is given to us so that we may understand His faithfulness.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, Proverbs 3:13

Wisdom can also be seen as discernment, we have the ability to discern:

  • good vs. evil
  • darkness vs. light

My practical example today comes from a time where I was exposed to a false prophet. Because I regularly spend time with the Lord in my “secret place” (at my kitchen table, really no where exciting, although I would love to have a “secret garden” type place, any one else LOVE that movie?!) Anyways… I have a strong sense of discernment that lead me to test what I heard:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

After my encounter with this person I found myself exhausted and confused. Through the wisdom given to me from God, and through all of the past experiences I have had with true prophecy and God’s promises to me, I know that God is not the author of confusion and thus this prophecy was not from God.


Our recollection of God’s faithfulness in the past gives us discernment to recognize it in the present. 

Today (and every day for 30 days) make it part of your daily routine to sit in silence to be in the presence of the Lord. When you sit in His presence things start happening, He reveals much more of Himself and His plan for you.

Daily challenge:
Find your “secret place”. It doesn’t have to be anywhere special, mine certainly is not, but just a place where you can go to meet God. Once you meet God at your “secret place”, ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment. Often times our “spiritual eyes” skip right over God’s faithfulness in the midst of our mundane, ordinary lives. My prayer for you is that today God gives you discernment and wisdom to witness His faithfulness in the most unexpected places. We must have wisdom to understand the faithfulness of God. A notebook to record your observations might be helpful here!

Because He desired faithfulness even in the womb he gave us wisdom, praise God!

How do you think having discernment and wisdom gives us a direct understanding of the Lord’s faithfulness? Please comment below 🙂


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