Tuesday’s Time

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever (Psalm 111:10).
The psalmist is not the only inspired writer to pen these words. Job and Solomon declared: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). The phrase:” the fear of the Lord” could be translated “an awe-filled reverence toward the Lord.” The word “awesome” is a term which has been used to the point of weakening its meaning.

Notice the connections made by the psalmist: awe, wisdom, understanding, obedience and praise. Many who frivolously speak of an awesome God, fail in praise and obedience because of a lack of true understanding. True reverential fear of God will lead us to acceptable obedience and praise.

The lack of proper respect, manifested in the world, has its origin in the lack of proper respect for God. When man fails to give proper respect to God, man will not and cannot give proper respect to anyone or anything else. Proper respect for government is not possible, because government is an institution given from God to man. Proper respect in the home is not possible, because the home is an institution given from God to man. Proper respect in the church is not possible, because the church has been provided by God and Jesus Christ is the head.

When we fail to have fear of the Lord we fail in every aspect of our lives. As children of God, Jesus is our: Lord, Master, King, High Priest, Redeemer, Savior and Shepherd. Each of these terms point to the fact that we owe everything to Jesus Christ which includes the greatest reverence. Standing in awe of God should be automatic and one should be shocked when one fails to stand in awe of God. 

This day and everyday let us have: an awe-filled reverence toward the Lord.