Psalm 119:97-100 NLT
“Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. I am ever wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.”
Wiser than my enemies. Don’t we all want to be wiser than our enemies? The Psalmist claims that following God’s word has made him wiser than his enemies, teachers and elders. This is just one of the benefits of scripture we learn from Psalm 119. But how does the Psalmist accomplish that? Answer: He thinks about scripture all day long. And because he is always thinking about God’s word, it is his constant guide. He knows the commandments so well, he keeps them without fail.
Satan popped into my head as being our biggest enemy. We know he prowls around looking for someone to devour. In I Peter 5:8, we are told to stay alert because of Satan’s desire to destroy our faith. We need to know his schemes so we can combat his attacks.
He uses deception to throw us off the right path. He twists God’s word or takes it out of context. He did that with Jesus in the desert and with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jesus showed us how to fight the attacks. He used more scripture. We need to know God’s word so well that Satan’s misuse of it won’t tempt us to doubt the truth.
When I inventory my own thoughts, I don’t find that I am dwelling on scripture all day. I have thoughts of yesterday, what I need to do today, what will happen tomorrow, food, relaxation, etc. I send up prayers for others and at times I do think about the word. But some days are better than others. I am challenged by the Psalmist’s commitment to think about God’s instructions always. I know the Holy Spirit can help me focus on the word. I need to be alert and focused.
What does your mind tend to dwell on? Let’s commit to meditating on God’s word more, so we will be wise to Satan’s tactics.