“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all day.” Psalm 119:97 What do you think about God’s Word?...
“…I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.” Psalm 119:100
We have been contemplating wisdom and understanding the past couple days from Psalm 119:98-100, where we read about three very important words. All three words give us insight into growing in God’s ways.
The first word (v. 98) is ‘commandment’. The psalmist says that God’s commandments, are what God tells us to do—and what not to do. And while it may be hard to understand at first, these commandments actually give us more wisdom than our enemies.
Let’s use the classic commandment, ‘Thou shalt not covet’ as our example. God is telling us not to want possessions that we don’t have. While some may see this as stifling, it’s actually quite the opposite. There’s real freedom in living this way! God knows there is great wisdom in this approach to life.
The second word (v. 99) we see used by the psalmist is ‘testimonies’. In other words, all the life lessons and stories of Moses, Abraham,
David and Solomon give us more knowledge and wisdom than many of our own current teachers. The testimonies of these heroes of the faith make us wiser. These stories give us timeless insight on how, and how not, to live.
The third word (v. 100) is ‘precepts’. And the emphasis is that when God’s people follow God’s precepts it helps us become wiser than the aged. Because living out God’s instruction has the power to show us wisdom.
Are you following God’s commandments? Are you listening to God’s testimonies? Are you living by God’s precepts? All three of these words help to make us wise.
Father, help me to know Your ways. Help me to learn from those who came before me. May I put into practice Your wisdom. Show me how to value God’s commandments, testimonies, and precepts so that I might follow You every day. Amen.