Look at Psalm 111:1-9:
“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.”
These are things God wants us to know about Himself leading up to verse 10 which says that the “fear” of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. How do they affect your understanding about “fearing” Him?
1. The works of the Lord are great.
2. The works of the Lord are studied by all who have pleasure in them.
3. God’s work is honorable and glorious.
4. The Lord’s righteousness endures forever.
5. God has made His wonderful works to be remembered.
6. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
7. The Lord has given food to those who fear Him.
8. The works of God’s Hands are verity and justice.
9. All of God’s precepts are sure.
10. The Lord’s precepts stand fast forever and ever.
11. The Lord’s precepts are done in truth and uprightness.
12. God has sent redemption to His people.
13. The Lord has commanded His covenant forever.
14. The Name of the Lord is Holy and Awesome.
Meditate on each of these points.
- What does it mean to you that the Lord’s works are great? Think about how many people around the world today are studying God’s works – scientists, professors, scholars, teachers, students, parents, children – billions of people studying the works of the Lord every day. They may not believe in God, but they are still studying His works. And, God has made His wonderful works to be remembered for all time!
- Consider the fact that the Lord’s work is honorable and glorious. What does that mean – honorable and glorious? The work of His Hands are verity and justice. What does that mean? How does that impact your life? What about the fact that His righteousness endures forever? Not for just a day or a week or a year or even a lifetime – but forever!
- The Lord’s precepts are sure and stand fast forever. They are done in truth and uprightness. What does that mean to you?
- God has sent redemption to His people and Has commanded His covenant (agreement) forever. What does that mean to you?
- What an amazing list of God’s Character and Attributes! Do you know anyone like Him? There is no one like our God. When we carefully consider God, we will fear Him. His Name is Holy and Awesome.
- Based on what you’ve just read, why do you think the “fear” of the Lord is the “beginning of wisdom”? What kind of wisdom can we expect to receive?
- What does the fear of the Lord have to do with a good understanding of His commandments? Is obedience to God’s commands important to understanding Him?
- What does “His praise” enduring forever have to do with the fear of the Lord? How does “fear” and “praise” work together in our relationship with God?
- What are some examples of ways you fear the Lord? How has that affected your life?
Here’s another important insight about fearing the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Fearing God is the beginning of “wisdom” and “knowledge.” That is true. All wisdom and knowledge belong to God. Fearing Him opens the proper relationship to reveal that wisdom and knowledge. It makes sense that someone who would not fear God is a fool – despising wisdom and instruction. Look at the context of Proverbs 1:1-6 and you’ll see why.
“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.”
Everything a human being needs to know to be successful in life is mentioned in these verses.
1. Instruction of wisdom
2. Instruction of justice
3. Instruction of judgment
4. Instruction of equity
5. Words of understanding
6. Prudence to the simple
7. Knowledge and discretion to the young man
8. Increase learning
9. Attain wise counsel
10. Understand a proverb
11. Understand an enigma
12. Understand the words of the wise and their riddles
Meditate on each of these points.
- How have you experienced these things in your life through the wisdom and knowledge that comes from God?
- How can the “fear” of the Lord help us grow in wisdom and knowledge every day of our lives? How will you use what you’ve learned from Psalm 111 and Proverbs 7 in your life this week?
- How can we help other people learn the “fear” of the Lord and grow in wisdom and knowledge in their lives? Who needs your help most?
Be sure to pray for those people this week.
The FEAR of the Lord is the KEY to everything. We’ll see other reasons why and where it takes us in the next part of our study.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,
“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”