The Headwaters of Wisdom

Psalm 111

1 Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the LORD is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.”  NRSV

When the Psalmist writes, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,” the Psalmist does not mean that we are to be “shaking in our boots” afraid of God. Rather, the Psalmist means that possessing awe and deep respect of God is where wisdom begins.

I would quickly add, though, if the thought of standing in the presence of God doesn’t make your knees knock or inspire you to give thanks to God with your whole heart, you are wading in the wrong headwaters.

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