Read Psalm 111
Focus on verse 10
One of the many things I seem to have inherited from my father is an aptitude for corny puns. I remember him joking about having a good understanding because he had very wide feet. The older I get the more I realize that he actually had a pretty good understanding about the things that mattered most. (He also had very wide feet) Having wisdom and a good understanding is not the same as being intelligent and knowing a lot of information about a lot of stuff. Being familiar with much information can be helpful, and a high IQ is beneficial, but even both of those together to do not automatically translate into wisdom. Some of the smartest people I know are not very wise.
In today’s reading the psalmist writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.” (v. 10) If I understand this correctly, it would seem to be suggesting that without a healthy fear of the Lord, wisdom is impossible to attain. In other words, the smartest astrophysicist in the world is basically a fool if he or she does not also understand and practice what it means to fear the Lord. Wisdom begins with and understanding that everything begins and ends with God, and that without God – nothing would even exist.