Psalm 111 – The Beginning of Wisdom

The psalmist teaches us that deep reverence toward God is the beginning of wisdom in one’s life.  Our understanding of the Lord, and our deep sense of respect toward God, bring us into a life space in which we can make better decisions and reflect God’s wisdom…

1 Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

2 Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalm 111

Yesterday I was reading about how God’s rescue of Israel produced reverence in their freedom.  In Psalm 111, we see how the stories of God’s hand of power and of blessing create that sense of reverence.

And then we get to verse 10, which ties the reverence generated by our relationship of rescue with God to wisdom, which is the action and expression of our experience and knowledge.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Our reverence toward God is the beginning of our wisdom in life.

Do you believe that?

I find that it’s true.  The people who are most reverent in their relationship with God bring that reverence to bear in wise living and decision-making.

They seem to understand that what the Lord thinks is more important than what other people think.

They understand the majesty and power of the Lord (with a deep sense of respect).

They understand that when you settle into character based on reverence toward God, your reputation takes care of itself.

And all of this brings praise to God.

What’s your reverence index today?  If you desire to be wise, bump up your reverence…


Marc Kinna


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