DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-11-13
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 119:97-100; 104
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 97 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. 99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. 100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
104 Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.
APPLICATION: David was known as a very wise man, and one who was wholeheartedly dedicated to God. Some may read these verses and settle for the fact that David just had a way with words, for we don’t tend see the kind of wisdom he spoke of in our world of believers today. Based on a story, that my favorite commentator reminded me of as I studied these verses today, I believe that you will see where God gave us much wisdom in His Word, and it’s still available and applicable to us today. Here’s the reminder Jon Courson gave to me: Continually studying the Word made the Psalmist wiser than his enemies. An example of this was seen during our day and time when a policeman in Haifa, a port city in Israel, was chasing smugglers who were using a cart pulled by a couple of donkeys. When they saw the policeman in pursuit, they realized they didn’t have a chance, so they jumped off the cart and escaped. Very devout in his study of Scripture, the policeman devised a plan. He didn’t feed the donkeys for three days, then let them go because, from Isaiah 1:3, which says the ass knows his master’s crib, he knew that the donkeys would lead him to the home of their master—which they did. Sounds humorous, but I am convinced that if God can speak to us about our sin; about our missed opportunities; about our hope for a future with Him in glory; then it should be reasonable to believe that He could direct our path each day and fill us with wisdom to deal with every scenario in life. Furthermore, the Good Book tells us about our Savior who paid the penalty for the sin of all who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, and it goes on to teach us all about His commands, teachings, and truths. Here’s where we learn about His words and actions while He was with us. This serves as an example of how we should live, if we truly want to walk in His footsteps. In verse 104, we are reminded of how we gain the ‘6th sense’ – a nudge from God about what is being said to us falsely, or when fakes are attempting to mislead us. Some will approach us with a story that sounds like ‘religion’, but not like ‘thus says the Mighty God’. As we read God’s Word, He instills in us a sense of knowing His still small voice, and to detect right from wrong in what is being taught to us. Allow the Word of God to wash over you, my friend, so that God may have His way in You for His eternal benefit. Others may be looking up to you to know the difference between right and wrong, and false teachings vs legitimate encouragement from the Word. Don’t let God down, and always be a shining light for those following in your footsteps!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: We may not always have the answers to all of life’s questions and dilemmas, but for the child of God, we know the One who does! Trust in God with all your heart, soul and mind, and all these things will become clear to you.
PRAYER: Lord, we ask You to help us, direct us, show us Your ways, and even more. But since all of this is already provided for us in Your Word, please give us a mind for You and a desire to know Your will for us. We know where to find these things, but we allow everything else in the world to occupy our minds. Oh, for the diligence and commitment of David. May we find ourselves in Your Word so faithfully Lord, that we will be able to say like David: Your Word has brightened our day and our future; Your Word has encouraged us and reminded us of Your love for us; and Your Word tells us so much about the One who gave up His own life, so that we may have life eternally with He and the Father. We say we need You more than anything else, yet we hold on to Your very truth, and Your eternal promises, without committing to read your Word regularly. Forgive us Lord for wanting You to pour Your blessings on us while we sit idly by without even reading what You have already blessed us with. Thank You Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AMEN!
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