The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)
Hymn ELH 230:1,3 Speak, O Lord, Thy Servant Heareth
Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth,
To Thy Word I now give heed;
Life and spirit Thy Word beareth,
All Thy Word is true indeed.
Death’s dread power in me is rife;
Jesus, may Thy Word of Life
Fill my soul with love’s strong fervor
That I cling to Thee forever.
Lord, Thy words are waters living
Where I quench my thirsty need.
Lord, Thy words are bread life-giving:
On Thy words my soul doth feed.
Lord, Thy words will be my light
Through death’s vale and dreary night;
Yea, they are my sword prevailing
And my cup of joy unfailing.
Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me Your ways through Your Word. Help me to follow Your will throughout my life, in the joy and confidence of faith in the full and free salvation earned for me by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name I pray. Amen.