The Secret to Uncommon Wisdom

Daily Devotional

Psalms 119: 98-100 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

It is true that experience teaches wisdom, but experience is not the source of uncommon wisdom, because you possess years of experience and still do not get it right.

The utterances of David in Psalms 119:98-100 is profound. He revealed his secret to being wiser than his enemies and possessing greater knowledge and understanding than his elders. The secret to being wiser than his enemies that he revealed was that of hiding the word of God in his heart or embedding them into his belief system. He said “for they are ever with me”. By making God’s word part of his beliefs he was positioned to make better decisions than his enemies because his decisions were based on God’s wisdom.

Imagine having greater wisdom and understanding than your teachers? That is uncommon, how did David get there? He said “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” From this it can be construed that his secret was to continuously meditate upon the word of God; that allowed him to gain revelations and insights into the wisdom of God that his teachers would not have the benefit of, unless they were doing the same thing.

Finally, David revealed another shocking character trait that was rare. He found himself to have greater understanding than his elders and he ascribed it to his practice of total obedience. He said “I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” What David was saying was that he attained mastery in some areas of his life, which some of his elders didn’t: simply by doing it how the word of God says,  he learnt how to get it right the first time around rather than using up years making the same mistake over and over again.

By adopting the habits that David practiced you will overtime accumulate uncommon wisdom that makes you not only wiser than your enemies but having more understanding than the elders, who are normally a reservoir for wisdom.

Life Application: Attain uncommon wisdom in the area that you want to attain mastery by daily rehearsing, meditating and practicing biblical principles relevant to that area.

Prayer: Lord, increase my wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Teach me your ways so that I can attain uncommon wisdom. In Jesus name, amen.

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