“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
“richly in all wisdom”
It is not enough to let the Word of God dwell in us; we must let it dwell richly, not meagerly. “Richly” is an idiom for abundantly–abundantly to the point of wealth. Many people have a poor grasp of the “word of Christ.” We are to let the Word of God dwell profusely and qualitatively in us. God wants us to assimilate the Word fully. He wants us to assimilate it personally. If we have a small tank and a big car, we have to stop at every gas station we pass. We cannot fill up our tank once and that is it for the rest of the life of the car! We will stall on the freeway.
“Wisdom” has to do with the application of truth. It is not enough to treat the Word of God, theoretically. When the Word of God dwells in us, it makes us wise in the way God does things. It means moving truth from the mind into experience.
God bases the Christian life on the tandem of truth and the application of truth.
If a car is going to move, it needs gas in the tank. The tank for the Christian is the human spirit. If the human spirit runs without the intake of the Word of God, it becomes skinny and anemic. When the tank is empty, the car is not operational. If there is gas in the believer’s spiritual tank, he can pump it into his experience. The Word of God does no good if the Christian does not transfer it into his life.
We fall apart in a jam when we do not apply the Word of God. The Word of God not applied is of no practical use. If we learn the Word of God academically but do not transfer it into our human spirit, it will not do any good.
It isn’t easy to think in a jam. It is hard to think while we are falling apart. Some students are comatose for most of the semester, and 24 hours before their exam, they stay up all night drinking ammonia cokes and coffee, boning up on the entire semester. They open their blue book, and they wonder why their mind goes blank. We cannot learn nearly as well, while we are under pressure. The only kind of learning under pressure that is of any benefit is the kind where we end up with knots on our heads!