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
As I read this Psalm the other day during my study and quiet time with God, it came to mind that people often can think of God and his precepts; his law, statutes, testimonies and word as dictator-like. God commands us and for some that can sound very controlling. It sounds like “We should do this” and “We must do that”. For those temperaments that don’t tolerate anyone controlling them, this can be a big hurdle to overcome. This issue of pride and who is who comes into question. Pride is opposing the fear of the Lord and the beginning of wisdom.
The truth is what can prevail here if our own will allows it. The truth is that God’s motivation is always from His great love for us. His commands are not meant to be authoritarian but authoritative. He wants what is best for us and the best thing for us is to be in intimate fellowship with him as we rest in Jesus. This is the design he created; a relationship of the Holy God and obeying sons and daughters. We are His creatures and He is our Creator. We are dust but He breathes the breath of life into us and can take it when He deems it to be the perfect time. Can we put aside our own self and allow God to open our eyes to seeing him for who He is and who we really are? Proverbs 11:2 tells us “when pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
The Mind of Christ Within Us
When the words of this Psalm were God-inspired, God was giving us His wisdom to live by. He has given us His Knowledge and His Understanding. These two (knowledge and understanding) are part of the mind of Christ that is imparted to us when we accept Jesus as our savior and king. Knowledge is represented in King Solomon’s temple as the tables with the shewbread that lined one side of the sanctuary in the Holy Place. This shewbread represents how knowledge is to be consumed much like eating food. But knowledge without understanding is only foolishness. This is demonstrated in when a person who is not, yet a believer reads the Bible. Without God’s understanding it is foolishness to them.
God also give us His understanding. This understanding was represented in Solomon’s Temple with the lampstands that were lining up on the opposite side of the tables of shewbread. The light from the lampstands represents how understanding shines on knowledge making it something that we can apply to our lives.
It is up to us in our will to choose to walk in the fear of the Lord each day to take this knowledge and understanding and use it to help us make wise choices, live rightly and walk in the truth.
When we follow God’s Word and do what He wants us to do, we are demonstrating the understanding He has given us.
God’s wisdom is a gift he’s already given to each of his adopted children. He is a good and loving Father who wants to help his child live life bearing His image and reaping the abounding goodness he wants to give us. But we need to do our part. Seek, follow, obey, and walk in the truth and the fear of the Lord.
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