Understanding through God’s Precepts

In the Psalms it says (Ps. 119.104):

Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

How often do we try to think more about practical matters – thinking God’s precepts are impractical and so up there that even by His grace we cannot follow them – more than about what pleases God? To know what God says is often a matter merely of memory; to follow His ways, to acknowledge them as higher than ours, even if they appear foolish in the wisdom of the world, is a matter of surrender in the spirit.

We apply diligence therefore to understand the Lord’s word correctly, for then He will do no wrong to lead us in His ways, and even the problems that come may be despised as the cost of obedience. Understanding the word, we must then take the time to seek to apply it faithfully first before considering the practical concerns, not because God is impractical but because practicality will not nullify Scripture rightly known, for this is the Lord’s earth, and all therein with it.

Wisdom? Folly? These are defined on God’s terms, for otherwise the gospel should be of no account. But glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be unto eternity.


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