I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Other translations states:
NKJV: I have seen the consummation of all perfection, But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
CEV: Nothing is completely perfect, except your teachings.
ISV: I have observed that all things have their limit, but your commandment is very broad (boundless, greatly enlarged)
I grew up protestant. Moravian church is one of the oldest Protestant denominations in the world, with its heritage dating back to the Bohemian Reformation in the 14th century. But it was in 2015 when I came across Pentecostalism. I was confused to say the least.
The confusion led me to a four years journey of diligency study of the word of God. I also listened to all sort of teachings, denominations and preaching but at the end of the day I went back to the word of God. The word gave me a better understanding.
Conclusion: The word of God is exceedingly broad. Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent,” John 17:3. In other words, It will take eternity to know God and all of His fullness.
Where does this leaves us? Takes Patience, Continue in His word. Stand firm. Be courageous. Don’t let any man cheat you with empty arguments. You can fully put your trust in the word of God. Do as this psalmist says–Oh, how I love Your law! All day long it is my meditation, Psalm 119:97.
Commentary on Psalm 119:96:
Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
The meaning may be, ‘I have learnt by experience that all earthly perfection has its limit; but God’s commandment is unlimited in extent and value.’ The word for ‘perfection’ (tiklâh) however occurs here only, and if its sense is to be determined by that of the most closely cognate word taklîth, it would seem to mean rather ‘completeness,’ the sum of things. The sum of earthly things is limited, Jehovah’s law is infinite.
I have seen an end of all perfection; i.e. to all other perfection I have seen, and see, a limit; but there is no limit to the perfection of thy Law. Thy commandment is exceeding broad. Unlimited – measureless in its range. It inculcates on man an absolute perfection.
I have seen an end of all perfection — I have observed that all human things, how complete soever they may seem, such as wisdom and power, glory and riches, and the greatest and most perfect accomplishments and enjoyments in this world, are exceeding frail, and soon come to an end. But thy commandment — Thy word, (one part being put for the whole,) is exceeding broad — Or large, both for extent and for continuance; it is useful to all persons, in all times and conditions, and for all purposes, to inform, direct, quicken, comfort, sanctify, and save me; it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
…….The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times. It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone.
Benson summed up better for me, “His word is exceeding broad both for extent and for continuance; it is useful to all persons, in all times and conditions, and for all purposes, to inform, direct, quicken, comfort, sanctify, and save me; it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever.”
It doesn’t matter whether you are Pentecostal, or Protestant or Charismatic. What’s matters is Christ. And Christ is the Word. “The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times.” If you continue in His word, you are truly His disciple and you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.