The fear of the Lord

Here is a dramatic, graphic rendering of Proverbs 9:10, the Verse of the Day for October 24, 2013:

The verse opens with “the fear of the Lord,” a phrase that brings to mind another verse from Psalm 19:9:

 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Listen to Integrity Music’s offering of Psalm 19:8-10 which contains a reference to “the fear of the Lord.”

Both Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 19:9 form the introduction to this poem:

The Beginning of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

Psalm 19:9    

                                                                                                                                                                                                            
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

 

I begin and stand in absolute awe of You,

Thoroughly washed in the fountain of holiness.

The old has passed away—Behold, You make all things new:

Redeemed and justified by Christ, my righteousness.

As You search the earth, may I find grace in your sight.

I seek to be wise but never in my own eyes.

Here stands a perfect man, one destined to walk upright,

A beloved son, whose heart Your Word purifies.

I am filled with knowledge and wisdom from above

And bound by a covenant no one can sever,

For nothing can separate me from God’s love:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

I am renewed in strength and upheld by God’s Word,

As I pursue wisdom, growing in the fear of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 19:9 both provide points to ponder as we begin this new day.

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