This small verse unveils a BIG principle when it comes to spiritual growth. It provides us with the key that will unlock wisdom in our lives. The psalmist tells us that he has a depth of understanding that surpasses his enemies, teachers, and elders (vv. 98-100). Then, he provides us with the reason: I keep your precepts.
Time, experience, reading, research, retention, facts, data, information, intelligence….these won’t cut it. Obedience is the firm foundation on which wisdom rests. Obedience to Christ lifts us out of the shadows of the earth and propels us into the mind and heart of God. Mere intellectual activity won’t do it, because wisdom is more about how you live than it is about what you know. If the end result is not Christlikeness, our “knowledge” has failed us. Wisdom comes from God as we obey his commandments. Without obedience, you will find it impossible to have faith. And, without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
Is it any wonder why James writes, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (1:22)?”