Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of Jehovah are great, Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honor and majesty; And his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: Jehovah is gracious and merciful. He hath given food unto them that fear him: He will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath showed his people the power of his works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of his hands are truth and justice; All his precepts are sure. They are established for ever and ever; They are done in truth and uprightness. He hath sent redemption unto his people; He hath commanded his covenant for ever: Holy and reverend is his name. The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever. (ASV)
Last night during the silent of my time in prayer I realized how important the very first verse of the Bible is to mankind “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. God is responsible for our very being, however we become so wrapped up in our affairs and the social environment in which we live in that we forget that God even exist. The world around us has taken God out of the picture. God is either too big to care about the events of our individual lives, or he really does not exist. This psalms helps bring us back to the simple relationship we need to have with God. God is our creator and we are his creation. After reading Proverbs twenty-two I realized that “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all”. All men must call him creator.
First we must praise and extol the One who made our being possible. Do this with your entire heart. The path of knowledge starts with this simple understanding of “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. If you do not have this as the foundation and starting point to pondered everything you see, hear, taste, and touch then your thoughts will lead to the wrong conclusions. Today as you read the psalms focus on the phrase the fear of the Lord. This fear is the starting point in understanding the world around you.
When I consider the second part of verse ten “all who follow his precepts have good understanding” I can not help but place an emphasis of the importance of starting the day out with the Word. The world is ready to let us know our problems. In Genesis three Adam and Eve hide from God because they were afraid and naked. As we study the account of the fall in Genesis chapter three we realize that God did not ask Adam why he was afraid; but instead ask him “who told you that you were naked?”. However, before Adam could reply to God’s answer God ask Adam another question “have you eat from the tree?”. Adam’s reply it was the woman who you gave me that gave me the fruit. So in fact Adam blame God instead of taking the blame himself. In I Timothy 2 :14 we realize that Adam was not deceived or beguiled, but freely chose to take the fruit. Who do we listen to every day? The world around you, or God? Do we follow God’s precepts or do we listen to the world?