Psalms 111 – The Commandments: The Fountain of Wisdom

From whence shall wisdom and understanding flow? in what place shall it be found?  Is wisdom an object that can be fetched and used at will?  No, no.  Wisdom is not only alive, but the very source of life.  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom.” 1 Cor. 1:30.  The pen of inspiration that called forth the command to praise the Lord, in this psalm, speaks nothing of the shallow praises coming from a life clinging to the sinful and selfish pursuits of this world, all the while extolling the Most High with the tongue.  The psalmist calls us forth to be consumed of Christ, the very power and wisdom of God; then shall we offer an acceptable offering, a sweet savor unto Him whose name is Holy and Reverend.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”


“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”  Only in a heart not trodden by this unholy traffic can the love of the One altogether lovely abide.  A mind quickened and enlightened by the Spirit of Christ will be keen to see the depths of a matter, and see that which stands under; and only as our minds is carried by the Spirit of truth can we see things for what they truly are: “The knowledge of the holy is understanding.”  The perfect knowledge of His righteous character is presented in the Ten Commandments, His moral Decalogue, and through the sealing inscribing of those tablets upon the tablets of the heart, then, and only then, can the power and love of Christ be magnified.  These are the works the Lord seeks to accomplish for us to take pleasure in, this is the burning fire of praise that the Lord desires His children to shine forth; “for out of Zion shall go forth the law.” Isa. 2:3.

May the Lord cause you to know His name,

Jeffrey Maxwell


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