65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O LORD, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
This stanza of Psalm 119 concentrates on the needed elements of truth that come from learning God’s word. The psalmist testifies that the word relieved His affliction and brought him back from being astray. He overcomes lies forged against him. He even states that it is good that he has been afflicted, because he became even more determined to learn God’s statutes. In the end, he describes the words of the Lord as more valuable than gold and silver.
I have college and grad school degrees. I have had the privilege of learning from great Pentecostal scholars. However, the greatest knowledge I ever receive, and the truth of which I cannot get enough, is the truth of the word of God. The word of God is the greatest book ever written, not because of its literary depth or its great academic value. Instead, it is great because of its inspiration and spiritual truth. It is not a book of history or science or even its literary design. In many ways, the writing of the Bible is not highly advanced. However, it was written as God inspired men of faith, and it is the salvation history of God’s revelation, culminating in Jesus Christ. Read the word, study the word, live the word!