每日诗歌: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62J434N0w1c)
贯穿诗篇119篇，诗人全心地赞美神的律法以及他对神律法的奇妙和能力的知识，给人留下深刻印象。然而，在整个诗篇中，他也一再向神呼求除了知识以外的另一个东西 - 悟性。 “求你赐我悟性，我便遵守你的律法，且要一心遵守”（诗119:34），“你的手制造我，建立我。求你赐我悟性，可以学习你的命令”（119:73）。很明显，仅有神律法的知识是不够的，因为真正地学会，谨守，并遵行他的律法需要悟性。这样的悟性只有神借着解开他的话赐给我们：“你的言语一解开，就发出亮光，使愚人通达”（119:130）。
Psalm 119:105-176 [Read]
Corinthians 5 [Read]
“I see people, they look like trees walking around” (Mk 8:24). This is one of the most enigmatic sayings in the Bible, but I believe it also carries an important message about the spiritual growth of Christians. The blind man could see, but he was not sure what he saw. He needed another touch by Jesus to see things clearly. Did Jesus have a lapse in his power or maybe he was using the blind man as a living parable to teach us something?
Throughout Psalm 119, the psalmist wholeheartedly exalted God’s law and his knowledge about the beauty and power of God’s law was impressive. However, throughout the psalm he also called on God repeatedly for another thing besides knowledge – the understanding. “Give me understanding and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart” (Ps 119:34); “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands” (119:73). It seems clear that mere knowledge of God’s law is not enough, for it takes understanding to actually learn, keep, and obey his law. And such understanding can only come from God himself through the unfolding of his words: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (119:130).
When Solomon was granted a wish by God, he wisely asked for “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1Ki 3:9). He already had all the knowledge of the law through priests of the temple, but he needed to discern (same word as understand in Ps 119) right from wrong. He needed God’s help to put his knowledge into action. “Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live” (Ps 119:144). Understanding from God gives us the power to live by God’s law.
In today’s world, our life is flooded with information and knowledge. Things that used to take several trips to the library and many hours to dig through the books are now at our fingertips through the internet, and the younger generation is especially good with surfing the net to get what they need. But information does not bring transformation, and knowledge does not mean understanding. We need depth and discernment from a sincere pursuit of God, so that we won’t just “they look like trees walking around”. May the Lord give us the light to see.
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