O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.
Psalm 119:97–99

I was very young when I started serving in youth ministry. I was well aware of the fact that working with teens meant working with parents as well. I had to face the reality that I was much younger than the parents, so I asked myself the question, “How could I possibly minister to parents?”

I came across this passage in Psalm 119 and I memorized it. I found great encouragement in the fact that God’s gives to His children insight and wisdom as they meditate on His word. Memorizing and meditating on God’s word became a consistent discipline in my life. My objective was to be able to minister to others with the wisdom of God, not my own wisdom.

Regardless of your age, you need to have the same wisdom and insight. If you are one of God’s children, He makes these things available to you. But you don’t benefit from them if you are unwilling to do the necessary work. Getting older does not equate with getting wiser. And the truth is, we live in a culture that is often mentally lazy.

Consider the following verses on the value of diligently pursuing God’s wisdom.

My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you,…
Proverbs 2:1–11

Consider the passion we should have for God’s word and the priority it should be in our lives. We must realize the invaluable benefit of studying and meditating on God’s word. Take a look at the things God promises to the one who pursues His truth as the psalmist does. Surely, we would all readily admit our need for knowledge, discernment, understanding, justice, and wisdom. God makes them all available to us. But we must pursue them as the writer of psalm 119. We must not try to fit the word of God into our lives. It must take priority and we must be willing to let everything else go that gets in the way. Only then can we truly benefit from all that God has made available to us.