Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7
All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord. Do you want wisdom? life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34
According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 5 keys:
- Keeping your tongue from evil
- Your lips from speaking deceit
- Departing from evil
- Doing good
- Seeking peace and pursuing it
An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.
“Fear of the Lord” defined through scripture:
- is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
- Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
- Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
- Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
- Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
- Is to hate evil prov 8:13
- Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
- Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
- Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
- Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
- In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
- Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33
My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:
- Treasure His commands
- incline your ears to wisdom
- apply your heart to understanding
- cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
- seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure
PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)
WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD , GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)
Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.
According to scripture and what the Lord has done in my life, I believe there is an order with the 7 fold spirit. (and linked with the 7 candlesticks) I believe we receive the Fear of the Lord first because “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom and true knowledge”. After the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, we receive the spirit Knowledge, then might, then counsel. Next gift received after this is spirit of understanding,(Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart) then the spirit of wisdom is given (a gift) – and we are always growing and growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.
SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND KNOW MY HEART;
TRY ME, AND KNOW MY ANXIETIES;
AND SEE IF THERE IS ANY WICKED WAY IN ME,
AND LEAD ME IN THE WAY OF EVERLASTING.
To fear God is to not fear man. To fear man is to not fear God.