97O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
(Psalm 119:97-100, King James Version)
What is the difference between knowledge, learning, understanding, and wisdom? We can change our learning, our understanding and our level of knowledge, but what about wisdom? One can possess the ultimate in knowledge of the things of this earth, but apart from God, he or she cannot possess true wisdom. That is really the essence of the Psalmist's words in verses 97 through 100, of Psalm 119.
Because the Psalmist loved God's Law, meditating upon it all the day, God granted to him wisdom--so much so that he was wiser than his enemies and had more understanding than his teachers. How do we rate on God's "wisdom scale?"
How much do we love the Law of God? How much time do we spend meditating upon His precepts? How important is God's Word to us? I fear, that in this fast-paced culture in which we live, we often do not take the time to meditate and study the Word of God. In fact, we most likely do not even find a few minutes a day to read our Bibles.
If this is true, how do we, as believers, affect the culture in which we live? Is it any wonder that Christians seem to have lost touch with society as a whole? Is it any wonder that God's Word is largely ignored by most, even in what are still loosely considered to be "Christian" nations? Is it any wonder that churches are rushing away from the standards of God's Word so that they might be more in sync with the culture in which they live?
As we read of the Psalmist's delight in God's Word, let us pray that God will renew within each of us a love and a passion for His Word. As God's Word takes ahold of our hearts, may we declare with the writer, Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies.
Let us pray, too, that we will live in this world, but not be of this world, for the world and everything in it will pass away, but the Word of God will stand forever!
God Bless You,