Good morning everyone. Our text today is found in Ps. 119:97-104. Of course, as we said in an earlier lesson, all of this psalm is excellent reading for an attitude toward knowledge of the Word. Each of these eight verses has a lesson for us.
- 97: O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
- Have you thought about what it means to love the law. Sometimes the law of God is our strongest rebuke. Do we love it then? Sometimes it requires us to forego what we may consider a sweet pleasure. Do we love it then? Sometimes it may require of us activities that we strongly resist. Do we love it then? Our love for the word must go beyond our wants to our welfare. We must love it because of the pure character it creates in us. We must love it because of the disciplined person it causes us to become. We must love it because it has the only instruction that can save us and those we love and know. Our fleshly feelings about what we want or do not want must be subjugated to our love for God and therefore for the word he gives us.
- 98: Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
- Wisdom, the commodity more precious than gold, can only be ours through the understanding knowledge of God’s word. We need not mistake worldly wisdom for getting rich or getting ahead or gaining prestige as the most valuable wisdom. Solomon had all of this freely given to him by God, but the wisdom he needed to gain for himself through the knowledge of the word was lost to him as he squandered his time on earth in pursuits that would not help him in judgment.
- 99: I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
- We spend a lot of time studying about a lot of things. If at home, our parents have reverently taught us the Word and impressed upon us, by word and action, it’s precepts, then we are more educated than our teachers. They may know math, science, grammar (or whatever), but we know the mind of the creator through his revealed will. May we do as much for our own children.
- 100: I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
- Once again we see that understanding comes with knowledge. You see, with the correct knowledge, we are able to put things in the proper perspective. We learn that if we love God and His word more than our family, then we have loved our family in the highest way we can upon this earth. We learn that if we love spiritual life more than physical life, then we are ready for death while others are still preparing for retirement. We learn that it is more important to save a soul than save a dollar. It is more important to die than to live, to serve than to be served. With knowledge, we are prepared for life and for death. Most of the multitudes that have come before us and that surround us do know this.
- 101: I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
- It is knowledge that leads us from evil so that we can be prepared for death. Restraint that we exercise because of God’s word does not limit our life, it make it rich. Trust, safety, security, certainty, love, health, family are all results from following principles of God. Crime, lawsuits, fear, divided families, broken bodies, insecurities are the result of evil. The more we keep the Word, the more we escape these evils. The more we refrain from practicing these evils, the more we appreciate the Word.
- 102: I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
- We must keep the word continuously, not just occasionally. “If we walk in the light…” (1 Jn. 1:7) denotes continuous action on our part. Not only has God taught us that, He is helping us do that (1 Cor. 10:13; Heb. 4:16).
- 103: How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
- When we realize all that God’s word does for us, we will naturally love it. We must, however, continue to partake of it in order to keep a taste for it. We must not mix it with the ingredients of sin or our taste will change ever so subtly till we no longer have a taste for the word of God. Protect yourself and your children from this doom.
- 104: Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
- I pray that I am constantly working on my mind to “…Abhor that which is evil and cleave to that which is good” (Rom. 12:9). It is hard for me to have the mind of God toward evil if I do not constantly fill my mind with what he says. This is why the Bible is full of admonitions to God more knowledge. To walk with God we must be in agreement with Him (Amos 3:3).