READ: Psalm 110-111
THINK: One of the craziest experiences of my life was getting to go down onto Soldier Field when I was in high school to kick a couple of field goals for a Coca-Cola promotion before a Bears-Lions game. My dad and I ended up on the side the Lions were warming up on. Now, I have never been a tall person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have never in my life felt shorter and smaller as I did standing only a few yards away from the unbelievably massive human beings that are NFL players.
The psalmist wrote in Psalm 111:10 that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. He isn’t writing about terror here, but rather the proper understanding of the proportion of God in comparison to us. He is, in every possible way, incomparable to us. As we’re reminded in verse 2 of the Psalm, “the works of the Lord are great.” His works demonstrate his incredible love, power, and wisdom. Properly understanding God’s greatness and his holiness leads to the fear that is the beginning of wisdom.
The crazy thing is that we fear God more when we know him more deeply. It seems like it would be the other way around, but when we don’t know God we don’t fully understand who he is – and we miss out! The more time we spend with God and the deeper we get into relationship with him, the more we realize how outrageously incredible he his and how far away from him we really are. Real wisdom comes from realizing how desperately we need God.
PRAY: Thank God for who he is. Admit that you desperately need him, and ask him to give you a proper sense and understanding of his greatness.