“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.”
Yesterday, we discussed the fear of the LORD as a fountain of life; today we learn that to submit to God and reverence Him is the beginning of wisdom. Remember, that the word fear means an awe of God or a reverence of Him.
Psalms 34: 11-15 tells us how we learn the reverence of the LORD; by keeping our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking guile; we are to depart from evil and do good; we are to seek peace and pursue it. When we have done these things we are told that the eyes of the LORD are upon those who are righteous and His ears are open to our cry.
We learned before that the beginning of wisdom is from our reverence of the LORD. He sent redemption to his people, he has commanded his covenant forever and as we learn of Him, we strive to live by his statutes (see Psalms 111:9-10)
As we tune our ears toward the wisdom found in His Word and concentrate on understanding, we become thirsty for insight and understand, which drives us to abide closer still with our LORD. To understand what it means to fear the LORD is like finding hidden treasures as He reveals himself to us more each step of our walk with Him. As we gain knowledge of Him, He grants us wisdom and common sense. We understand Him as our shield as we walk with integrity and He guards our path as we walk where He leads. Throughout our journey he protects us as we allow wisdom to enter our heart.
Prayer: Father our hearts are filled with joy as we learn to reverence and trust in you. We know that, the commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. LORD, teach us to reverence you. We praise you! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©