Ethan the Ezrahite is the songwriter-author of Psalm 89. He had great wisdom. It is said that the wisdom of King Solomon was greater than that of Ethan which by comparison places Ethan high up on the list of smart people (1 Kings 4:31). Ethan’s wisdom most likely came over time — through a working knowledge of God.
Learning – Knowledge alone does not make you intelligent though it is a key component. Learning is a never ending process by putting to use what you have been taught. Ethan understood that knowledge of God meant to worship Him each day through daily communion with Him. He says I will sing of the Mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. The highest I.Q. is not the determining factor for intelligence, but knowledge of God and His truth is!
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies.
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep your precepts (Psalm 97 – 100)
Working Knowledge – Just reading only makes you know more, but mere academics cannot make you wise. Only by keeping God’s commands can you become wise. Practical obedience is needed. Simply put it is hard work for you to learn more. Daily intake and application is essential to building a sound Christian worldview.
Experience – Learn from your experiences with God. The Psalmist understood firsthand that God’s Word was priority. Much like Job, the Psalmist valued God’s Word in His heart and life: I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth. More than my necessary food (Job 23:12). The Psalmist learned new things that he had not known before about God; through his experiences with God, doing what He was taught from the Torah, and by observing divine grace at work in his own life, over time he kept growing in wisdom.
As you can see, it takes time to grow in knowledge about God and His ways. Jesus was the exposition of God’s Wisdom. Jesus learned as a child to follow the Old Testament. It says in the gospel of Luke that Jesus was filled with wisdom. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him (Luke 2:40).
To develop a high level of intelligence is not a matter of remembering a list of facts or becoming a student of philosophy. It is a matter of knowing who Christ is and welcoming the changes He brings to your life. You cannot possibly know about anything with any sense of certainty if you do not know Christ as the Savior and Creator of this world.
To know something with expertise may make you look intelligent to the world, but to leave God out of your thinking is to be thought of as foolish. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (Ps.14:1). Hopefully, you will receive the salvation of the LORD in His Son Jesus Christ by believing in Him and turn from your sins, and will along with the Psalmist join celestial angels and Believers in praise to our Creator and Redeemer especially as Christmas nears.
And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints (Psalm 89:5)
This year may Christ be the reason for your Christmas celebration!