The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

Text: Psalm 111

Reflection and Question: We do not value fear much these days. It is on the less desirable end of the spectrum of feelings. Yet fear has its place to warn us of danger so that we can keep ourselves safe. Strange that fear is encouraged in this Psalm, which highlights so many good things God has done for us. Perhaps feeling good is exactly the time for this kind of reminder because God’s power is great. The humble perspective of fear helps us to build the right relationship with God. How do you see fear as the beginning of wisdom?

Prayer: Most loving and most powerful God, teach us to fear You so that we may stay safe in Your presence. Mold us by Your love and power so that we may delight in just the right relationship with You. Through Jesus Christ we ask this. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).