Wisdom must be sought after with our entire being.
Nothing of value is easily obtained. If it were, it would no longer be valuable. Inherent within the concept of value is the feature of scarcity. If all gravel were made of pure gold, then gold would not be valuable. The same is true with intangibles like wisdom. She is an exceedingly valuable life commodity, but she is not easy to come by. If we want wisdom, we must incline our ears, apply our hearts, cry for her, lift our voice for her, seek her as we would silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures (vv. 2-4). Then, and only then, will we understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God (v. 5).
Offer the Lord this psalm of praise as you consider His goodness:
Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints! . . .
All nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested (Revelation 15:3-4).
And one cried to another and said:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory! (Isaiah 6:3).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
And have forgotten the God who fathered you (Deuteronomy 32:18).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
-- That others might see Christ in you
-- That the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into His harvest,
-- Your activities for the day.
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful, . . .
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:23-24).