Solomon places a special emphasis on 4 main benefits his son can expect from following the steps he outlined in vss. 1-4:
1 (5-8) “Then you will understand the Fear of The Lord”.
2. (9-15) “Then you will understand righteousness, and justice and equity, and every good work.”
3. (16-19) “So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman” (i.e. temptation).
4. (20) “So you will walk in righteousness.”
Let’s just look for a few moments of some of what Solomon says about the 1st benefit – understanding the fear of the Lord.
Notice 1st in vs. 6 that is the Lord who gives this wisdom. It comes from God Himself. We do not get it from outside sources, or mere reasoning or even meditation by itself. We must get it from God Himself. This is why we spent so much time emphasizing the necessity of reading, studying, searching out, and exploring God’s Word. Because He has determined that He alone will be the source to teach us this wisdom. We must get it (as the old yarn puts it) right from the horse’s mouth.
No one comes to the fear of the Lord thru proxy, or ritual, detached experience, imagination or any other source. It comes from Him. And His means of communication is the Word itself. We come back to it over and over to hear His voice, and learn the “sound” of it.
But note that He DOES give it. He makes a gift of it. He wants us to have it. He is not withholding, stingy or playing games with us. He extends it to us in His Word, and we need only receive it.
2nd, vs. 7 says He stores it up for us. He takes amazing, almost unimaginable pains to see to it first that it was written down, and then preserved, and then brought to us. How blessed we are! He has not scattered it like ashes on the water and left it to us to put back together like an infinitely complex cosmic jigsaw puzzle. Written over a span of 1500 years by more than 40 different authors most of whom did not know nor collaborate with one another – and yet presenting one consistent theology and story line centering on the person and work of Jesus Christ in the redemption of fallen mankind and the fulfilling of God’s eternal purposes. We have it in our hands today in a myriad of translations and languages – preached in countless pulpits, on radio, TV, the internet and expounded in numberless books – because He has stored it up for us!
3rd, vs. 7 also says He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. In other words, this wisdom which comes from Him and has been stored up for us, is a means whereby He exercises His power to protect us from the onslaught of bankrupt human philosophy, false religion, corrupt human imagination and the lies of the Enemy of our souls. What great provision He has made – if only we will run and hide behind His “shield” – in the safety of His protective care.
4th, in vs. 8 we see that He guides us with it. Here is the roadmap for everlasting life. To navigate this life – in the light of the life to come. So see life from 40,000 feet. To know the beginning as He revealed it, clarifying the present through His lens, and projecting out to the sure future He has planned for those who love His appearing.
What a God! What a Savior!