Psalm 119 Ask God for Wisdom

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Psalm 119:97 (NIV)

Read: Psalm 119:97-104

Consider: In the previous section of the psalm we discovered that the Bible, as God’s word, is eternal and is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. We also saw that all Scripture speaks to us of Jesus, God’s living Word.

The psalmist starts this part of the psalm by saying that not only does he love God’s law, but that he meditates on it. We have talked before about the difference between reading the Bible and studying it. Meditating on Scripture is also different than just reading it, as it allows the mind to consider all the implications of what we have been reading.

The next few verses of the psalm (v98-100) might seem immodest to us at first reading. The psalmist uses phrases like:
‘Your commands make me wiser than my enemies’
‘I have more insight than all my teachers’
‘I have more understanding than the elders’

What the psalmist is talking about is wisdom. He gives the reason for this wisdom at the end of verse 100 as: ‘… for I obey your precepts’. Wisdom doesn’t come just by reading Scripture, nor through meditation on it, but ultimately by putting it into practice in our lives.

In Psalm 111:10 it says: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. Committing your life to Christ is not the end of the matter, but only the beginning. You will spend a lifetime following Christ and acquiring wisdom. Also don’t confuse wisdom with knowledge. There are many people who spend a great deal of time acquiring knowledge, but who aren’t very wise.

I’ve mentioned that wisdom takes time on our part, but it is also a gift from God. The story of Solomon in the Old Testament clearly shows that not only did he ask for wisdom, but God granted it to him. Listen to what James says in his letter: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all … (James 1:5). Have you ever been stuck in knowing how to deal with a particular situation? Ask God for wisdom! Have you ever been reading the Bible and not quite grasped what God is saying there? Ask God for wisdom! Have you found it difficult to see the application of what you read in the Bible to your everyday life? Ask God for wisdom!

James goes on to say this: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17). Wisdom should not cause us to be puffed-up with our own importance, because the wisdom of God is not like worldly wisdom. It is given to us so that we can be Christlike in serving others.

Pray: Father, may we seek your wisdom so that we develop Christlike characteristics in our lives. Help us to show the world what heavenly wisdom is really like. Amen

Every blessing

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