The Wisdom of Reverence and Praise
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)
Scripture Readings: Psalms 111-113
Key Scripture: Psalm 111:10 (NIV, Life Application Bible)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
This is a psalm for whom scholars have not determined the author. Per the commentary of the NIV Bible, it is one of the “hallelujah psalms.” It is a song of praise. The psalmist praises God’s works, his “glorious and majestic deeds,” and he reminds us that God provides for us, that God is always faithful, that he has provided for our redemption from sin, has graced his people with land and met their needs. All of those who notice the works of the Lord’s creation “delight in them.” And God is compassionate in his love for us.
These are praiseworthy qualities, for sure.
There is no love more pure than that which our God has for us. He is consistent in this love. And his covenant is forever!
Those who are wise are reverent and respect that he is in control. Those who are wise honor him, follow him, and heed his commands. Those who are wise recognize his goodness and his love for them. Those who are wise are thankful and grateful for the abundance of his grace and compassion. Those who are wise read his word. Those who are wise spend time with him in prayer. Those who are wise learn to love in his name. Those who are wise cannot but help to want to praise his holy name.
Praise be to God!