Ref Romans 12:2
Jesus is the only Man that lived on our earth who always knew what to do and what to say, at the right time, at the right place, to the right person or people. The Bible reveals that He grew and was filled with and increased in wisdom (Luke 2:40, 52). The Spirit of the Lord, who is the Spirit of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and counsel, rested upon Him (Isaiah 11:2). The Counselor remained on Him, leaving no doubt where His time transcending counsel and wise words or sayings came from (John 1:32). Now let’s be acutely reminded that He, Jesus, had the Spirit without measure (John 3:34). And of His fullness we have all received, John 1:16.
Jesus had wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel and might/power without measure. Not to forget, of course, God’s reverential fear or honor. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power, His understanding is infinite (without measure), Psalms 147:5. So much was Jesus infinite in wisdom and understanding, and reverence to GOD, that He only spoke what He heard and did only what He saw from the Father (John 3:32; 5:19).
Enter Solomon. He asked something rather peculiar from the LORD, but struck the right chord with the Divine. He asked for an understanding heart (1 Kings 3:11-12). A wise or an understanding heart. He asked for a discerning heart or spirit. The spirit of discernment. He wanted to discern justice, the wisdom to know right and wrong from God’s perspective. But an understanding heart is one that fears or reverences the LORD, so it goes beyond discerning right and wrong from the perspective of the Divine to choosing and doing right. You see now that GOD was not thrilled for nothing that Solomon had asked this thing. He wanted to know what GOD says in every situation and to do what GOD says. Solomon was after God’s heart, at this point. Knowing and doing – according to divine revelation.
By the Holy Spirit Paul understood that we need the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ that our eyes of understanding may be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18), so that we may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of GOD, strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:10-11). This is true, because when Solomon asked the LORD to enlighten his eyes of understanding He did, and besides made him super rich and gave him great renown (honor) – what he did not ask for. It is also true, because of Jesus He said This is My Son in whom I Am well pleased. True indeed, because He says of David, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do,” Acts 13:22.
Solomon, Jesus and David had discerning hearts, or discerning spirit. It pleases the LORD for us to walk in divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding in the spirit of discernment – our eyes of understanding enlightened – to know Him and what He wants, to know His incredible blessings for us and His exceedingly great power to us who believe. We have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. By His divine power He has given us everything we need for life and godliness – to live a truly great life. Along with His Son, whom He spared not but delivered Him up for us all, He has freely given us all things. Oh, how we need to discern these things that we may walk in them – fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in everything and increasing in His knowledge.
A discerning heart truly pleases the LORD, and draws from the bottomless, endless sea of who He is, love. Just as the Scripture says, out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. This is good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. We can ask David and his son Solomon, Abraham and sons, too. These people are our witnesses, just like Daniel, they possessed an excellent spirit. A heart that leans in to draw out from the bosom of love, GOD. Can two walk together unless, they are agreed? Now it’s our turn to walk worthy of the LORD, and fully pleasing Him in all wisdom, knowledge and understanding – our spirit eyes being enlightened.
But an understanding heart is one that fears or reverences the LORD, so it goes beyond discerning right and wrong from the perspective of the Divine to choosing and doing right