Monday, September 26, 2011

Fear of the Lord #6

Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:5

In Proverbs 2:1-4, there are eight instructions that lead up to today’s verse. These instructions help us begin to understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. It is not so much a great amount of head knowledge that helps to fear the Lord and know God, as much as it is the condition or attitude of my heart.
Receive: means to snatch or cease. Ask the Lord to reveal one truth each time you open the Word of God. One truth that you can snatch up and live by!

Treasure up: This has the idea of hiding them or guarding them. This reminds us of Psalm. 119:111, “Thy word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Treasure is valued and held dear, we ought to value the word of God daily.

Incline your ear: means to lean toward. We need to lean toward the word of God, to have an open ear and a open heart to hear it, closing the door, removing all distraction and getting alone with the Lord (Mt. 6:6).

Apply your heart: This has the thought of giving it all I have, my time and my energy.

Cry out: Shows dependency, like a little baby who will die if it doesn’t cry out for help! We too are helpless and must cry out in dependency on the Lord recognizing our helplessness!

Lift your voice: When we cry out to the Lord, lifting our voice, we acknowledge that there is an urgent need!

Seeking and Searching: What we need is the same kind of drive that men have in mining for silver or in searching for hidden treasures. The tragedy is that too often men show more zeal in acquiring material wealth than spiritual riches.

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