THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD
Psalm 111 is one of my favorites. It tells of God’s tender care for us. Great are His works, studied by those who delight in them. They are splendid and majestic. His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonders to be remembered. He is gracious and compassionate. He has given food to those who fear Him. He will remember His covenant forever. He has made known to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The work of His hands are truth and justice and all His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever and are performed in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people. He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
When I was much younger I had a tough time trying to figure out why we needed to be afraid of God. When I finally decided to ask my dad why, he told me that I should change the word ‘fear’ to ‘knowledge.’ It made all the difference in the world to me. If we know God and His precepts and follow them, this truly is ‘the beginning of wisdom.’
by Paul Kightlinger
What a beautiful story about Pam and her dog the caretaker, and how you relate that to our caring Father. Regarding the fear of God, your Father gave and excellence answer with simplicity that most can understand when they seek to know our God. God bless you,