Psalms 119:98-100 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
The word of God is a true source of wisdom and must be seen as such. If it is applied to our lives, it will raise the level of our wisdom, knowledge and understanding. The Psalmist David had great experience with the word of God, and it was out of that experience that he wrote Psalms 119:98-100. In it he highlighted 3 advantages that the word of God had afforded him. Firstly, he noted that the word of God made him wiser than his enemies. Although we credit David for being a great fighter, his successes were primarily the result of wisdom, not skill. The evidence of that is that David would always pause to seek God’s counsel before going into battle. What that shows us is that it was from the word of God that he drew the wisdom needed to defeat his enemies.
The second thing that the word did for David was to give him more understanding than his teachers. Because David relied on the word of God, his understanding so increased that it exceeded that of the most learnt.
Finally, David alluded to the fact that the word of God gave him more understanding than the ancients. The elderly are known for their experience and wisdom, but even at the highest level, the experience and wisdom of the elderly is no match for the word of God; that was David’s experience.
In addition to stating the advantages of the word of God, David also alluded to three (3) ways in which he applied the word of God. Firstly, he allowed his heart to retain the commandments of God. He said in verse 98 that the word of God is ever with him, which means that he memorized the word of God and hid it in his heart such that it informed his belief system.
The second way in which David applied the word was that he constantly reflected on the word of God. In verse 99, he noted that the word of God was his meditation, it was what he consistently thought about.
The third strategy that David employed to apply the word of God was that he did what the word of God said. He stated that he kept God’s precepts.
If we apply the word of God the same way that David did, our experience will be no different than his. It will raise our wisdom and understanding.
Life Application: Raise the level of your wisdom by memorizing the word of God, letting it constantly occupy your thoughts and doing what it says.
Prayer: Lord, impart your wisdom, knowledge and understanding to me through your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.