The Good Life Begins with God

Psalm 111 (New Living Translation, “The Book”)

Praise the Lord!  I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.  How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!  All who delight in him should ponder them.  Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.  His righteousness never fails.  Who can forget the wonders he performs?  How gracious and merciful is our Lord!  He gives food to those who trust him; he always remembers his covenant.  He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations.  All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy.  They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.  He has paid a full ransom for his people.  He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.  What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!  Reverence for the Lord is the  foundation of true wisdom.  The rewards of wisdom come to all who obey him.  Praise his name forever!

Verse 10 says that Reverence for the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.  In The Message Bible, that same verse is translated to say:

The good life begins in the fear of God-

I always thought that reverence meant to show respect and honor but I never thought about it as being a fear.  But then when you stop and think about it, fear is showing respect.  I so often think of fear as a negative thing, but I’ve never thought of reverence as a negative thing- isn’t it funny how our brains do this to us?

We owe everything we have, everything we are, everything we do to the all powerful, all knowledgeable God who created us!  What a reason to be reverent!!  He truly is an awesome God and everything we do on a day to day and moment to moment basis brings joy to Him who created us!  Be thankful today!

Dear Heavenly Father- Thank you so much for your loving kindness and for allowing me to bring joy to You!  Thank you!  Bless us this day with your wisdom and patience and help us to continue to be reverent to you!  In your name, amen


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