“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.” (111:10)
“Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.” (112:1)
The one who fears the LORD is marked by grace, compassion and generosity. They are blessed. The LORD provides for those who invest in people:
“He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.” (112:9)
Fearing the LORD often means caring about His opinion over anyone else’s. When I stop to consider my actions, it comes down to who I am hoping to impress. It’s very sweet that God has chosen to be impressed by giving sacrifically to others, prioritizing those who can’t help themselves, and trusting His designs.
He will handle everything and take care of our needs. He will enthrone our King Jesus in His ways and times. He will employ us in taking care of each other. He reigns on earth in the hearts of His people.
You will find, anywhere His people are caring for the poor, the orphan, the widow, the foreigner and the oppressed, His Spirit is there. Extra measures of grace is there. He works mightily on their behalf.
Wisdom finds its origin story in prioritizing God’s opinion. What does it look like to fear Him today? How can you prioritize His priorities?