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What Is Knowledge?

Photo by Christina Wilson

The psalmist has just asked God to give him knowledge and good sense. What is knowledge? The same verse answers that question: the teachings of God are knowledge. Further, the psalmist asks for good sense, so that he (or she) can understand the knowledge contained in Scripture and apply it rightly. This word for “good sense” is “taste, judgment” in Hebrew and “training, discipline” in Greek. In other words, Give me your knowledge, God, and teach me to discern it rightly.

Especially in today’s chaotic world, where information is as cheap as dust on a pavement, the child of God needs God’s discernment to sort through what is from him and what is not. Especially prevalent is the temptation to get drawn into politics and to take “sides.” Listen, with God there are no sides. God loves people, not positions. God calls his children from all political persuasions and beliefs.

The child of God can never go wrong by focusing on the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. First, know that God is love. He is for us, not against us. Know that all people, including ourselves, are sinners who can never please God without the atoning work of Jesus Christ, the Son of his love, the only human ever who had no sin. Know that Jesus the Son is God–holy, divine, powerful, omnipotent, yet humble as a lamb. Christ died for our sins and was raised again. Because he was raised from the dead–the only person ever to be so permanently raised–we who identify with him will be raised from the dead. How does someone identify with him? By believing his word revealed in Scripture. Then apply that knowledge! Since I am to be resurrected, that should pretty much compensate for all the difficulties I may experience today. Finally, love others–all others–the way Christ loves us. That’s it.

Give me knowledge and good sense, for I have put my faith in your teachings. –Psalm 119:66



Learning to Walk

Christina Wilson

Poster for Psalm 103:1–Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Christina Wilson


As I spent a few hours outside yesterday, here and in a nearby neighborhood of somewhat older homes (my favorite kind), I heard the kids playing and smelled the luscious food cooking on the grills. These took me back to positive memories of my childhood of similar family gatherings, including my favorite foods my mom always brought to picnics. When I got home again, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t thought of C___ you know what for all that time.
What I especially enjoyed was not even remembering the great divisions that torture our country right now. As families celebrate Memorial Day with outdoor picnics and children screaming and running as they play, we are reminded how very much we have in common. May the current divisions not be permanent, O Lord. In the meantime, this photo is what the day produced.


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Hezekiah’s Prayer

From Hezekiah’s Prayer when he was sick unto death


Hezekiah’s prayer is recorded in Isaiah 38. That prayer is one of my favorite portions in all of Isaiah. Hezekiah lay dying with a mortal illness. He prayed to God, and here he gives his praise and thanksgiving for God’s answer of healing mercy and forgiveness of all his sins.

Hezekiah reminds me that there are various forms of illness: there are physical illnesses, and there are spiritual. I recently passed through a season of spiritual illness. As the nature of my sin slowly dawned upon me, I turned to the Lord in confession and repentance. I am happy to say he healed me. Not too long afterward, the world pandemic of Coronavirus began. I am so glad to be spiritually recovered during this challenging time. Not only am I better equipped to withstand my own trials, but I am positioned to watch, stand, and pray for others. The Lord is merciful, and he is good. His love is everlasting.

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