Reading: Proverbs 7-9; Psalm 150
Father, let everything that has breath praise you! Let every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth praise you in your sanctuary. Let every musician make a beautiful melody lifting up your greatness. There is wisdom in knowing your greatness and giving you praise. Wisdom is not hidden from us, for you have revealed it through your Word and your world. It is worth more than any treasure in this world. Fear of you is hatred of evil, pride, and arrogance. This fear leads to wisdom, which you make available to anyone who seeks it diligently. Wisdom has existed since before the world was created, and it is woven into the fabric of creation. Wisdom is the way to life, and to forsake it is to embrace destruction. Lord, let me receive instruction humbly and learn from the wise and righteous. But let me carefully discern between wisdom and folly. Both offer rewards, but folly offers hers in exchange for nothing. This is a sure sign of poor advice that can’t be trusted, for everything costs something. Wisdom costs learning and training in the way of righteousness. Folly claims to cost nothing, but ends up costing your life.