I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees.
I see two very important foundational truths in this verse. First, we cannot obtain understanding on our own. God must give it to us. That is why so many read the Bible and think it is meaningless. As 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 explains, to those who are perishing, the gospel is foolishness. They have no understanding unless God gives it to them. God destroys the wisdom of the wise and sets aside the understanding of the experts. To those of us, however, who are saved, the Bible is God’s power working in us and through us.
Secondly, understanding comes when we humble ourselves as God’s servant. Understanding Scriptures is like finding hidden treasure, and God does not reveal it to those who have no regard for Him. He reserves what is precious and valuable for those who submit to His authority and are willing to learn from Him. For those who know it all already, God will let them follow their own destructive path, but He will protect and direct those who are willing to hear and obey wisdom’s call.
Any understanding we have comes from God, and God grants it to those who humble themselves as His Servant. If you want to understand more, simply submit to God and ask Him for more. Psalm 84:11 tells us God does not withhold any good thing from those who walk in integrity. James 1:5 instructs us to ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to us. God wants you to understand His Word, and He is waiting to give you more. You won’t gain it, however, without Him.
Have a blessed day!