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Wisdom of God versus Wisdom of Man (Psalm 119:99)

I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.
Psalm 119:99

The term “insight” can be translated as “wisdom,” “understanding,” “prudence,” “success,” etc. Insight, or wisdom, is not necessarily associated with age. People may have lots more life experience, but that does not mean that they are wise.

On the other hand, being young does not mean that you cannot have wisdom. You will certainly have less life experience, but that is not equivalent to having less wisdom.

The psalmist has wisdom because he meditates on the testimonies of God. In other words, the psalmist is not merely a casual reader of Scripture. He reads and studies to understand God’s word. He continues to contemplate the Scriptures throughout the day. The truth of Scripture profoundly impacts the mind of the psalmist and, therefore, his perspective of life.

The result is that the psalmist has more insight than all of those who disregard God’s word or take it lightly. Wisdom comes to those who cherish and delight in God’s word.

Proverbs paints a descriptive picture of how a person can attain godly 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
Proverbs 2:1–7

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58