We’re All Simple

“The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119.130

Here, the psalmist celebrates one of the most profound and universal truths of Scripture. That the author of Scripture is God necessarily means that it contains wisdom high above the highest of earthly wisdom. In comparison to the word of God, every person is simple.

That truth ought to humble us. It should also cause us all the more to celebrate the word of God and rejoice over the grace of God in giving us the word. The Scriptures are the supreme authority on every subject. They are wholly sufficient, giving us everything we need for life and godliness. There is no human source of wisdom even close in value to the word of God.

Truly understanding this requires us to be humble enough to know that we, all of us, are among the “simple.” We should could to the word humbly, faithfully seeking the illumination of God. We should long for the light it gives—whether it comes in the form of encouragement or rebuke.

How often do you consider your need to learn from the word of God. What areas of life have you considered worldly wisdom to be superior to the word of God? Take time to examine yourself, repent, and seek the Lord for the light and understanding that comes from his word.

High and lofty Lord, we praise you for your grace and mercy. Thank you, dear Lord, for giving us the light of your word. Thank you for giving understanding to the simple. Search us, gracious God, and show us those ways that we submit ourselves to worldly wisdom. Guide us in repentance. Amen.

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