Today's Word of Encouragement
THE WISDOM OF GOD’S WORD
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine (Psalms 119:97-98).
The best instructor in true wisdom is the revealed Word of God - the Bible. Solomon wrote (Proverbs 1:2-7), To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
The difference between knowledge (dahath) and wisdom (khokma) is in the application. Knowledge is the acquisition of information. Wisdom is the right application of that knowledge. To fear God (yirah) is to highly regard or to respect God. We know God primarily through His Word. When we apply the principles of His Word into our lives, we attain wisdom. Through that knowledge and wisdom we develop a high regard for the Lord, knowing that His Word is truth, His precepts are holy, His actions righteous.
On the surface it would seem in the ‘Mem’ (M) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 97-104) King David is rather arrogant, believing he’s superior to other people because he’s a student of the Word. Not so. If anything the Word of God humbles a person, causing him to see his sin and how flawed he is. What David is saying is that through the study of God’s Word, by meditating on it and thinking it through and learning from it, he is better able to live his life as God intended; he is able to deal with his sin and overcome his flaws and live a life pleasing to God. Those who don’t make good use of God’s Word do not attain such wisdom.
Father in heaven, give me such a love for Your Word that I may restrain my feet from every evil way and hate every false way!