Today’s Lenten word comes from Psalm 119:73-80 The Message
73-80 With your very own hands you formed me;
now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you.
When they see me waiting, expecting your Word,
those who fear you will take heart and be glad.
I can see now, GOD, that your decisions are right;
your testing has taught me what’s true and right.
Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight!
just the way you promised.
Now comfort me so I can live, really live;
your revelation is the tune I dance to.
Let the fast-talking tricksters be exposed as frauds;
they tried to sell me a bill of goods,
but I kept my mind fixed on your counsel.
Let those who fear you turn to me
for evidence of your wise guidance.
And let me live whole and holy, soul and body,
so I can always walk with my head held high.
Today’s meditation word(s) is breathe your wisdom over me. In other translations, the phrases give me understanding, make me understand, and cause me to understand are used.
I read the line ‘now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you’ again and again so I can understand it. It seems like I just need to ask God for understanding and God will give me understanding, make me understand in an instant.
If you have ever seen the Matrix, there is a scene where Trinity asked Tank to upload the instruction of piloting a helicopter. Tank uploaded the instruction to Trinity. And in less than 5 seconds, Trinity learned to pilot a helicopter. Trinity didn’t do anything, she just has to ask and wait for Tank to upload the information. This is how I imagine the passage. Is this how God gives us understanding?
I have heard so many times people tell me and tell others you just need to read the Christian canon to understand and gain knowledge. I have heard people say I don’t need to learn the history of how the Christian canon and Christian faith came about. I just need to know how I can be saved (And this is by reading just the Christian canon). Is this real understanding?
I went to seminary to understand God and my faith. I ended up with some understanding and more questions. Is this how God gives me understanding?
It seems like the more I learn and try to understand the more confused I become; the more questions I ask. Does anyone have a similar experienced?
Anyway, what is your opinion and understanding of the line ‘breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you?