In Your Bible: Proverbs 9: 9-11
The wording “Fear of the Lord” (also seen in Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 10:27), is mentioned 104 times in the Old Testament but only 5 times in New Testament! Jesus is the difference—he shows us how to follow what God wants for us. Yes, Solomon said, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Even before our salvation experience, the fear of the Lord (Respect, Honor, Devotion, Obedience, Amazement) at what God does may be revealed to us! Solomon’s God inspired statements on Wisdom refers to Christ Jesus:
Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser; Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence],
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight. For by me (wisdom from God) your days will be multiplied, And years of life shall be increased (Proverbs 9:9-11 AMP).
The classical definition of fear of the Lord is reverential awe. * To me this means giving God proper place in my life, actually yielding my will to his, and living to please Him rather than myself.
Therefore, love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. We have developed a high tolerance for evil. But, Jesus came to show how much God loves man. Believe it. Solomon said, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Prayer: Father, I do believe you love me. Selah.
* Sermon Notes by Chuck Smith, blueletterbible.com