The Title

Psalm 119 is one of the most glorious passages in the Bible about the Bible, and it contains so much that I wish I could say were actual states of my heart about the Bible. One of the most eye-catching verses in the whole Psalm, though, is verse 99.

I have more understanding than all my teachers,

for your testimonies are my meditation

This sounds arrogant. And not only does this verse sound arrogant, but right after it follows the declaration that the psalmist is wiser than the aged, because he keeps the commands. So, even as one might try to ease the shock that might be found in v. 99, in saying that it is a merely theological wisdom which would obviously be had over against possibly irreligious teachers, v. 100 says that even long life experience is foolishness when compared with a young life that walks in obedience.So, that said, it might be presumptuous to elect this as my blog title. But it would nonetheless be true. Most of my teachers not only don’t meditate on the Scriptures, but in reality have no fear of God before their eyes, and the most basic beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Therefore, ‘wiser than my teachers’ is simultaneously a declaration and an aspiration. Because it can only be true if I am actually found both meditating and keeping.

 

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