Psalm 37 (Part 17) - Psa 37:29-30 - The Righteous Speak Wisdom


29. Psa 37:29 - "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever." A. See notes on Psa 37:3. B. The righteous will possess the kingdom of God for all eternity (Mat 25:34; 1Th 4:17; Rev 21:3). 30. Psa 37:30 - "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment." A. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom. i. Righteous adj. - 1. a. Of persons: Just, upright, virtuous; guiltless, sinless; conforming to the standard of the divine or the moral law; acting rightly or justly. ii. Wisdom n. - 1. a. Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgement in the choice of means and ends; sometimes, less strictly, sound sense, esp. in practical affairs: opp. to folly. iii. In other words, a just, upright, virtuous man speaks with sound judgment and sense. iv. It is therefore unbefitting of a righteous man to speak or act like a fool who makes foolish decisions. v. If we are to speak of wisdom, we must first meditate upon the scriptures (Psa 49:3; 1Ti 4:15-16). vi. We speak wisdom when we speak as the oracles of God (1Pe 4:11), which are the scriptures (Rom 3:2). a. Oracle - 4. Divine revelation; a declaration or message expressed or delivered by divine inspiration; also, pl. the sacred scriptures (from Rom. iii. 2). b. This is because the word of God (His statues, judgments, and law) is our wisdom (Deu 4:5-8). vii. When a man speaks of the testimony of God (the scriptures), he is speaking wisdom (1Co 2:1-7). viii. A man who wants to be wiser will attain unto the righteous who speak wisdom (Pro 1:5; Pro 13:1). a. Wise men realize that unsolicited advice is useless. b. A truly wise man will not generally offer his counsel unless asked for it. c. He will speak wisdom and feed many (Pro 10:21), but he will spare his words (Pro 17:27; Pro 12:23; Pro 14:33; Jam 1:19). d. Fools, presuming to be wise men, will be quick to offer their counsel in large doses (Ecc 5:3,7; Ecc 10:14). (i) When you find a man who is quick to offer his advice, you have probably not found a wise man. (ii) There's nothing worse than a fool who thinks he's wise. e. Truly wise men are not going to seek out fools to give their counsel to (Mat 7:6; Pro 9:8; Pro 23:9; Amos 5:10). f. Only people who desire to feel important do so. g. Therefore, if a man is to get truly wise counsel he must seek out wise men and draw their wisdom out of them by asking the right questions (Pro 18:4 c/w Pro 20:5). h. Even when a wise man reproves him, he will stick close to him (Pro 15:31). i. Those who will not go to the wise for counsel are fools and scorners who don't want to be corrected (Pro 15:12). ix. Age should equate to wisdom (Job 12:12; Job 32:7). a. Unfortunately, this is not always the case (Job 32:9). b. The grey head is a crown of glory if it is on a righteous person (Pro 16:31). c. Sadly, many older people today who should be founts of wisdom for the younger are themselves fools because of their ignorance and rejection of the Bible. d. Sometimes young people who are well versed in the scriptures are much wiser than their parents and grandparents who are not (Psa 119:99-100). e. Don't despise a young man who is wise because of his knowledge of the word of God and its application in his life (1Ti 4:12). f. Better is a wise child than an old and foolish king (Ecc 4:13). g. There are few things worse than an old fool. h. There are two people who deeply sadden and disgust me: a "dirty old man", and a foul-mouthed elderly woman. B. And his tongue talketh of judgment. i. A righteous man talks of judgment in various senses, such as: a. God's word, which are His judgments (Psa 119:43). b. God's eternal judgment of sinners (Heb 6:2; Act 24:25). c. Civil judgment against criminals (Deu 1:16-17). d. Forming an opinion with discernment (1Ki 3:11). e. Sound sense (Pro 13:23). ii. Righteous men are not afraid to talk about judgment. iii. Evil men don't talk of judgment because they don't understand it (Pro 28:5).