Psalm 110 is one of the great Messianic psalms. The New Testament book of Hebrews quotes from this psalm extensively. God’s coming Christ was to be a priest of the order of Melchizedek. Jesus quotes this psalm in Luke 20:41-44. David proclaimed that his descendant who was to be God’s Christ after him was his LORD!
These are both wonderful psalms. Both look to Jesus, although in different ways.
Psalm 111 holds onto the character of God, His providence, His salvation, His faithfulness and justice.
And there is this wonderful phrase that is worked over in Proverbs – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;”
Notice the last couple of verses of Psalm 110.
What kind of Priest of the order of Melchizedek is this?
What kind of Lord?
One who executes judgement among the nations, filling them with corpses! (110 v6)
So what kind of FEAR then is Psalm 111 speaking of?
God’s people don’t fear the Lord as a sheep fears the wolf.
Wisdom begins with a holy and reverent fear of the Lord.
We fear the Lord because He is GOD and we are man.
We fear the Lord because He is just.
We fear the Lord because this is the God who created all things with His word. Because Jesus is His word become flesh. Because He commanded the storm to cease and it did. Because He brought back people from the dead. Because His plan was that He would send Himself to the cross, to be a curse, Perfect Son separated from Perfect Father as the full wrath of God came down upon God as Man.
And we fear the Lord because His word tells us this is the beginning of wisdom.
And of the mechanics of what this fear is – Proverbs 9 expands on this a little, “… And the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
The best start to fearing the Lord, to gaining wisdom, is to find out about Him! And we do that by reading His word, the bible.
This is why we read it every day! Because from His word we gain wisdom! From His word we gain insight!
What a God we have!