Reflections in Psalms – Day 28 – Wisdom

Psalm 72

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. 13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. 16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. 20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

History says that the Israelites read this Psalm when facing a new task in their lives. David petitions the Lord for His judgments and righteousness. The King needed much wisdom in leading his people in righteousness. Even his son, Solomon, asked for wisdom when God granted him whatever he wanted (1 Kings 3:5-12). Wisdom is such an important part of life for the believer. Without it, we cannot apply the Scriptures to our lives, we cannot properly discern what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us, nor do we have understanding.

~Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

As I searched the Word for the word “wisdom,” I came across a beautiful verse in Job:

~Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

What is the cost of wisdom?  Job says it’s above rubies.  Rubies are still the most precious stone today – even above diamonds!  What is the cost of wisdom to the believer? The only cost that I can see is time spent in God’s precious Word.  I can’t put a price on time.  Each second that goes by can never be regained.  I cannot grasp that moment in time ever again!  So why not utilize those precious moments by investing them in God’s Word?

I remembered reading the phrase “above rubies” elsewhere in God’s Word.  I find it interesting that the only time the value of rubies is mentioned in the Bible is here in Job and, again, in Proverbs referring to one of the characteristics of a virtuous woman.

~Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

What a blessing this is to me. When I am confused and bewildered, my prayer should be as Solomon. Give me wisdom, dear Lord! Wisdom guides us and leads us down the paths of righteousness. As I read God’s Word, His Spirit leads and teaches me.   I can’t gain wisdom without first meeting the Lord in His Word every day.  It’s a priceless investment!


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2 Responses to Reflections in Psalms – Day 28 – Wisdom

  1. Vicky Albert says:

    Where can one look for wisdom?
    Where understanding find?
    Man does not grasp its value—
    More than can be mined.
    It can’t be bought with finest gold,
    Silver, or jewels so rare.
    Priced far beyond all rubies,
    Nothing can compare.

    Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where understanding dwell?
    God comprehends the pathway,
    He alone knows well.
    He views the ends of all the earth;
    He sees the world He formed.
    He has established wisdom,
    Tested and confirmed.

    Fear of the Lord is wisdom;
    Seek it and you will find.
    Cry out for understanding;
    Let it fill your mind.
    Search as for hidden treasure;
    Look for it every day.
    This is the path to wisdom;
    Follow all the way.

    “Susan Peterson”

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