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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding” (Psalm 111:10, ESV). I’ve listened to numerous interviews and read a good number of books and articles recently which have led me to a conclusion about our Psalm for this week. Those who actually consider culture and history in context, looking at it with an open mind, then who give the Scripture genuine consideration, these people will find wisdom and understanding in the Scripture. They will ultimately see that God has worked in history through his covenant people, providing for the needs of huge swaths of society. Those who remember his words of peace and gracious treatment of our neighbors will in turn care for their neighbors. Those who view God as the source of all food and other renewable resources will find themselves caring for production and distribution of those resources. Those who see God as the God of all knowledge, understanding, and beauty are going to share that knowledge, understanding, and beauty with the world all around them. Those who know that God is the God of justice and order will themselves practice justice and order through cultural norms and through governmental organizations. Those who recognize that God’s redemptive covenants are for all who believe will invite everyone to believe and receive God’s redeeming care. There’s a tremendous weight of good for all the world as we discover the fear of the Lord and the accompanying wisdom. The more we explore the riches of God, the better we are at loving and serving our neighbors.
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