Psalm 119:33-48 A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous
Psalm 119:33-48 Accept No Substitutes!!
Psalm 119 is a wisdom psalm about the glories of Scripture. It is a teaching poem that has 22 stanzas corresponding to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Today we look at the He stanza which is like an “H” in English. It’s pronounced “hay.”
The second stanza for today is the Vav grouping. Vav or Waw is like a “V” in English. It’s pronounced like “vahv.”
The He stanza is a prayer asking God to help the psalmist toe the line (vv. 33-40). One specific is the request to keep him from “looking at vanity” (v. 37).
The Vav stanza, the psalmist says he “delights” in God’s Word (vv. 41-48, specifically v. 47). I’ve always loved the Word. I just didn’t get much of it in the church we grew up in. There was a reading from Old Testament and a reading from the New Testament. I loved hearing those though they were brief. Now I get to write about the Bible all day if I want.
Despite contemporary opinion, reading the Bible can make you feel better. Don’t believe the lies of the satanically inspired comedians these days (v. 42, cf. 1 Pet. 3:15). The Bible really does “set you free” (cf. John 8:31-32). Doing what He says we should do and meditating on His commandments (v. 48) will make you a better person and a happier person.
Accept no substitutes!!
Proverbs 15:33 Knowing
Have you heard that the fear of the Lord leads to wisdom? I hope so. It’s the theme of the book of Proverbs. Remember going back to chapter 1, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7)? I know it says “fear of the LORD” is the beginning of “knowledge.” But wisdom is “applied knowledge” so you have to have knowledge before you have wisdom. And where do you get knowledge? (Hint: see blog above.)
Fools, aka unbelievers, do not look for knowledge. Therefore, they don’t have wisdom. You can only really have wisdom if you’re a Christian and most of them don’t read their Bibles!!!! Of course, unbelievers can have worldly wisdom but not spiritual wisdom. They can’t understand spiritual things (cf. 1 Cor. 2:12-14). They don’t “fear” or reverence the Lord.
The only way to learn is to humble yourself before a teacher or the Grand Teacher, the Lord. Then you will have “honor” from God (v. 33b). Then you will have more wisdom than your teachers (cf. Ps. 119:99, but we haven’t gotten there yet!).