Psalm 111:9, 10 “He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever-- holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
There are a number of things that establish us in faith and confidence in the Lord. The first is the fact that He provides our redemption. To be redeemed means: 1 to make something acceptable; 2 to restore reputation; 3 to atone for human sin; 4 to buy something back; 5 to keep promise; 6 to exchange something for money or its equivalency; and 7 to pay something off. Wow, wow, wow! Isn’t this word powerful? Redeem encompasses in 6 letters our whole salvation experience.
Through the shed blood of Jesus we are made acceptable to God, no longer separated from Him. He has restored our reputation in all the heavenly realms. We are no longer those condemned sinners. We are rightly restored as sons and daughters of the Most High. He dealt with our sin. Atone means to make reparation, which is to amend and repair, for a sin or a mistake. Adam’s sin is no longer an issue for us as Jesus is the compensation for a wrong and the restorer of the human race to good condition. He has bought us back from captivity and imprisonment to death. God keeps His promise to us through His covenant, which is forever. Jesus exchanged His position with God to become a man who would hang upon a cross to enable us to be seated with Him at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. No amount of money could purchase such an amazing redemption. Lastly He paid off every demand of the Law of sin and death so that death could no longer hold us. “"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55 – 57)
The psalmist then says ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’. Fear in today’s vernacular is generally thought of as feelings of anxiety, worry and frightening thoughts. But dictionaries say it’s more archaic meaning is one of reverence and awe for somebody. Awe is a mixture of wonder and dread. It is a good thing. If we were to meet someone we truly admired, we would feel both awe and dread. Wow, I get to talk to this incredible person but what if I say something stupid? That’s awe. The psalm says this fear is the beginning of wisdom. It is the beginning because we will hang on every word that proceeds from the mouth of one we are in awe of. So it should be with God. What did you say, Lord? What does your word say about this subject? What is my position in you? What does it mean to be redeemed? Awesome!
The psalm then says all of us who follow His words have good understanding. We will know our God and not be shaken. Paul finished 1 Corinthians 15: 55 – 57 with verse 58 that says: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Our labor will not be fruitless if we realize that we are established in His kingdom through the redemptive work of Christ, that we enter into an everlasting covenant with God, then the awe and dread of God is the beginning of wisdom, which is fully received through His word.
Our heavenly Father speaks to us all the time. Are you listening and applying His words to your life? This is wisdom.
Prayer: “Father, thank you for redeeming me, my family, my community, my nation, in fact, all mankind through the precious blood of Jesus. Stir my heart again through your Holy Spirit to be one who is in awe and dread that I may grow in wisdom and be fruitful in my life. Amen.”