UNDERSTANDING COMES FROM THE WORD
Date: July 11
Category: Wisdom and Understanding
"I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]."
These verses are very inspiring and are good verses to learn by heart. Here in verse 99a, the psalmist says, "I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers…" You may wonder how this psalmist can make this statement with such confidence. Then in verse 100a he says, "I understand more than the aged…" But why is this psalmist so confident? Why he is so sure that he has more understanding than teachers and elders?
Well verse 99b says, "because Your testimonies are my meditation." In other words, he has better understanding and deeper insight than all of his teachers because he meditates upon God's testimonies, which is the Word of God. It's so important to always meditate upon God's Word, think about God's Word, and examine how His Word applies to our lives. There's a saying: either use it or lose it! We have to use our minds every day, either for school, for work, or just every day life. But each and every one of us should always set aside time in the day to read and meditate upon the Word of God.
Before we read the Bible, we should always pray and ask God to speak to us through His Word. We should ask Him to open the eyes of our understanding so we can understand His Word better. Once we pray that, then it's time to open our Bibles and read. As we read, we should always think about how God's Word applies to our lives and be attentive to what He's trying to teach us through His Word. That's what it means to meditate upon God's testimonies, and that's what will cause you to have more understanding and more insight than all of your teachers.
Then we read in verse 100a, "I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts…" Reading and meditating upon God's Word should then move you to action. It should move you to do the Word of God now. God's precepts are the commandments found in His Word. Our job is to keep them. But what does it mean to keep His precepts? Well the second part of verse 100 says, "[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]." So to keep God's precepts is to hear His Word, receive it into our hearts, love His Word, and most importantly obey what He says in His Word.
That's what this psalmist did and that's what made him have more understanding than his teachers and even those who are much older than him. Many times you will find elderly people who don't have much understanding in life. A lot of the times it is because they are not renewing their minds in the Word of God. They aren't meditating upon His Word, so because of that they are beginning to lack in understanding.
Your understanding will come from obedience to God's Word. There are some things in life that we, in our humanly state, will never understand. But we can gain understanding through God's Word. There are some things in the Word of God, such as spiritual matters, that we can't understand, but we will gain understanding as we practice the Word of God in our lives.
Then we read in verse 101 of this psalm, "I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]." As a result of doing the Word of God, this psalmist kept his feet from evil, meaning he didn't allow himself to get involved in evil. Restraining yourself means you are consciously stopping yourself; you are forcing yourself not to entangle with evilness.
This is very important to understand. If you and I purposely go in the direction of evil, then we will not be able to hear, receive, love and obey the Word of God. And if we do not do that, then (according to the previous verses) we will not have better understanding than our teachers and we will not have more understanding than our elders. So everything in these three verses is connected together. We have to read and meditate upon God's Word and keep His precepts in order to have better understanding. And we have to keep God's Word in order to restrain from evil. So today let's get as much of God's Word in our hearts as possible!