Day 148

Today’s Reading – Psalms 111-118

FEAR OF THE LORD GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

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

David gives direction for worship and praise to continue and leaves behind a wonderful series of poems and prose celebrating all that there is to praise God for and about.

But why should we fear God?

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word used for this fear is yirah, which denotes piety and reverence rather than terror. This is why some modern translations state “revere the Lord” rather than “fear the Lord”.

Wisdom and understanding come when we are able to revere God as holy. Holy as in totally unique and set apart.

When we are able to humble ourselves in relationship to God, it is then that all that God is trying to teach us begins to make sense.

Unless God is God, the Bible and all that God is teaching us will have no understanding.

Therefore, wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord.

Are you ready to wise up?

Then humble yourselves, it is never too late to start.

 

Tomorrow’s Readings – 1 Kings Chapters 1-2 and Psalms 37, 71, and 94

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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