11-12-10 HighQuest Psalm 111:1-10

November 14, 2010

The passage I read was Psalm 111:1-10
You can find it here:

My summary of the passage is this:
The Psalmist is celebrating God’s glory. I think he himself summarizes the passage best by verse 1 as he says that he will praise the Lord with all his heart both in public and in private. Here are some of the other points of the passage:
If we delight in God’s works, we ponder on them.
The Lord is Gracious and compassionate.
He is faithful and just.
He redeemed his people.
His name is holy and awesome.
Verse 10 = “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. “

As I reflect:
In reflection I am less likely to consider the praises of Our Lord as the topic of the lesson as this is something that naturally begins happening once one realizes what the Lord has done in their life (both for them and through them for others). I believe the focus during my reflection is that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The first Proverb (verse 1-7) says,
“1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction. “
Verse 7 has stuck out to me for a number of years and it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the last verse of today’s passage too. The fear of the Lord is a most important ingredient in our lives as Christians. Have you ever stopped and really thought about why we should have this reverent, humble respect as we serve the living God? I have. I can say it’s humbling to consider that though we are given the gift of being able to communicate with the Creator. It is certainly not our right and it is not to be taken for granted. When you approach the Lord, you are approaching the King of Kings.

My response to the Lord:
Lord, as I kneel before you in humble adoration, I bow my head in reverence. Lord my God, I pray you hear my prayer and answer your servant. Please mold me that you would find pleasure in your servant. Fill me with knowledge and wisdom and help me to be bold and discerning in how that knowledge and wisdom is shared with a world in need. Lord, you will be done in and through me. In Jesus Name.


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