Revival and Wisdom

by Rick

Today we continue our series entitled, “Back to the Bible,” with Part 18.  We have been looking at Psalm 119.  Today we will look at verses 24, 25 and 27 from The Passion Bible Translation (TPT).  

 

David said:

(v.24)  Your commandments are my counselors; your word is my light and delight!

(v.25)  Lord, I’m fading away. I’m discouraged and lying in the dust; revive me by your word, just like you promised you would.

(v.27)  Open up my understanding to the ways of your wisdom and I will meditate deeply on your splendor and your wonders.

 

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things.

 

1.  Some of the best counsel you will ever find is waiting for you, free of charge, in your Bible.  David said, “Your commandments are my counselors; your word is my light and delight!” (Psalm 119:24)

a)  I read lots of books.  I make time for my mentors.  I purposely learn from those who have gone before me.  But honestly, the best counsel I have ever received has been from God: either from His Word of His Spirit.  Today we have people seeking all sorts of counsel, while many of the answers they are looking for are already documented in their Bible.  The issue is: you will never benefit from scripture you do not read.

b)  David was a King.  He was a leader of leaders.  Many people came to him for counsel.  So where did he get his? He said to God, “Your commandments are my counselors; your word is my light and delight!”  David got his counself from the Word of God.  We would do good to follow his example.

 

2.  The Word of God will revive you when you are feeling down.  David said, “Lord, I’m fading away. I’m discouraged and lying in the dust; revive me by your word, just like you promised you would.” (Psalm 119:25)

a)  I would like to tell you that every day of your life is going to be amazing.  I would like to tell you that after you give your life to Jesus, that every day will be enjoyable and peaceful.  But if I did, I would be lying. David was minding his own business in the fields, tending to his father’s sheep, when God used a prophet to call him out of the fields and anoint him as the next King of Israel.  You would think that the story got better and better after that amazing event. The truth is, David’s life went haywire. After killing the giant, he spent years on the run, living as a fugitive, because the one he was to replace, King Saul, wanted David dead.  David was not persecuted because he did anything wrong. He was persecuted because of his calling.  He was oppressed because of his assignment.  He went through many challenges in his life, both before and after taking the throne.  But through it all, whenever he felt down, David said that God revived him through His Word.  The Word of God will revive you when you need it. When you are feeling down, read the Word. The Word of God will build you back up again.

b)  Life in Christ is not always easy.  Truth is, sometimes you just don’t “feel” like who you are called to be.  In all honesty, yesterday was one of those days for me.  But I got up this morning, I reminded myself that yesterday ended last night, I embraced the grace for a new day, I allowed the Holy Spirit to help me hit the “reset” button, and I then read 119:25.  David told me this morning that when I am discouraged or down, the Word of God can give me life.  The Word of God can revive me again. Guess what? It did. And what the Word did for David back then, and it did for me this morning, it can do for you!  God’s words are Spirit and they are life! Receive both from the Word today.

 

3.  God can give you divine understanding.  David said, “Open up my understanding to the ways of your wisdom and I will meditate deeply on your splendor and your wonders.” (Psalm 119:27)

a)  David had tremendous responsibilities as King.  I know you think you have lots to do, but David was running a nation.  This is why he meditated the Word. He told us that as he meditated deeply on the Word of God, God would open up his understanding to the ways of divine wisdom.  The same will happen for us, as we meditate and medicate God’s Word.

b)  Knowing about something and understanding it are not the same thing.  You will never maximize what you do not understand. If you meditate the Word of God, God can open up your understanding to the ways of His wisdom.  Once He does, you will operate in wisdom that far exceeds your years and education. I am a witness.

 

Closing Confession:  

Father, this is a season of expectation for me.  I elevate my expectation to line up with Your perfect plan for my life.  I seek the counsel of Your Word. I meditate and medicate on it day and night.  As I do, You open up my understanding to the ways of Your wisdom. I operate in wisdom that far exceeds my years and education.  And whenever I feel down or discouraged, I allow the power of Your Word to revive me again. Your Words are Spirit and they are life to me.  Your Word lifts me up daily! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

This is Today’s Word.  Apply it and prosper!

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