Where we begin, often determines whether we will succeed or fail. Begin to build a house in the sand without a good foundation, and the rain, the flood, and the wind will destroy it, Matthew 7:24-27. The same thing is true about obtaining wisdom. As we read in Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth forever.”
The truth we have here is that unless we have the fear of the Lord, we have no wisdom. Men may laud us and call us the wise men of the day. But we must fear God, or we just do not understand anything correctly.
Rule God out of His creation; fear men instead of God; and you are simply walking in folly. Attribute any part of salvation to man, and maintain that man begins it by letting Christ come into his heart, and you reveal that you have no true understanding of Christ and the salvation in Him.
To fear God means to believe that He is God. Fear is the Old Testament word for faith. Merely to be afraid of God is not wisdom. Trust in Him, rely upon Him, and serve Him, and you are wise. The psalmist here expresses that fear by stating that they who fear God have a good under-standing. The words “His commandments” do not appear in the Hebrew text. And the psalmist explains it more fully by stating, “His praise endureth forever.”
The idea is that he who fears God, he who is truly wise and has a good understanding, will praise God. That is what the fear of the Lord always produces. Our versification explains it thus:
In reverence and godly fear
Man finds the gate to wisdom’s ways;
The wise His holy name revere;
Through endless ages sound His praise.
If you praise Him by word and deed, you reveal true wisdom. Those who do not praise Him reveal lack of good understanding.
How much wisdom have you revealed today? Do you understand your calling in the midst of this world? Are you wise as to why God placed you on this earth, and what your calling is before Him?
Read: Psalm 111
Psalter versification: 304:7
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.