We are called to incline ourselves to the words of the wise (Proverbs 22:17), so drink from the well of wisdom today that springs from Charles Bridge's commentary on Proverbs 9:10-11:
Proverbs 9:10-11. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
The repetition of this weighty sentence (Proverbs 1:7, Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10) deepens our estimate of its importance. The fear of the Lord was a lovely grace in the perfect humanity of Jesus. (Isaiah11: 2, 3.) Let it be the test of our "predestination to be conformed to his image." (Roman ) It is the genuine spirit of adoption. The child of God has only one dread—to offend his Father; only one desire—to please and delight in him. Thus is the fear of the Lord connected with his love. ‘The heart that is touched with the loadstone of Divine love, trembles still with godly fear.’ If this temper is the beginning, it is also (as the word imports) the head—of wisdom—not only its first rudiment, but its matured exercise. It is obviously combined with the knowledge of the Holy One. For if men did but know his holiness--who would not fear thee, 0 Lord?" (Revelation 15:4) Days multiplied were the Old Testament reward. (Proverbs 3:2, 16; ; .) And truly the value of life is only realized in the knowledge and service of God. Inconceivably joyous to us is the prospect of years of life increased into a boundless eternity—infinite desires; fully satisfied, yet excited unceasingly to more full and heavenly enjoyment.