The Fear Of The Lord Is The Beginning Of Wisdom
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
The fear of the Lord will lead one to wisdom. When we become wise, we follow the counsel of God, for we recognize that God’s counsel is superior to all of the counsel of man. David said that God’s word was a lamp for his feet and a light to his path. God instructs those who fear Him in the way that they should go. Sometimes, that means waiting. Elijah, after declaring that it would not rain, was sent away by God to a remote location to wait. We too may need to wait for God’s timing. In all of this, God provides us with His counsel through His word and His Spirit. We can be assured that the counsel of God will lead us on the straight and narrow path.
David indicates in this Psalm that those who fear the Lord will prosper, and that their descendants will inherit the land. God not only prospers us spiritually, but also financially and with our relationships. Children are a heritage from the Lord, and are a blessing from Him. Regardless of our financial situation, God prospers us in many ways. Those who are monetarily poor are often rich in faith. Regardless of how the Lord prospers us, He DOES prosper us, and we need to remember His many blessings
We can be assured that God greatly desires us to follow Him. And when we believe Jesus, He makes us His children. God confides in His children, since we are His friends, rather than just tell the servants what to do. He greatly desires us to be a part of His life, and part of that is His sovereign plan. He reveals wonderful things in His word to us so that we can participate in His character.
God desires that we be free from the bondage of sin so that we can follow Him. When we are free from bondage, we can operate in His light to glorify His name. When the Son frees us, we are made free indeed! This is an incredible blessing of God – that we would be free from the clutches of Satan and the bondage of sin. We should never forget the sacrifice it took to free us. May we remember God’s blessings and rejoice in them!
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I remembering the blessings of God in all my circumstances?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You bless us each and every day. You pour out your grace and mercy upon us. Help me, Father, to remember Your great generosity as I walk through my struggles today. Lead me, guide me, and help me to walk beside You as the enemy seeks to destroy me. Provide for my every need, and help me to count Your many blessings so that I would be encouraged when life seems bleak. Blessed be Your Name Forever! Amen.
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