My Son, Pay Attention (by Fenny West)

 My child, pay attention to my to my word

Listen closely to what I say

Do not let them out of your sight

Keep them within your heart.

For they are life to those who find them

and health to one whole body


Above all else guard well your heart

For it is the well-springs of life

Put away perversity from your from your mouth

Keep corrupt talk far from your lips

Let your eyes look straight ahead (make level…)

Fix your gaze directly before you


Make level paths for your feet


The paths of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn (make level…)

Shining ever brighter to the full light of day (make level…)

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness (make level…)

They do not know what makes them stumble ( make level…)

fix your gaze directly before you (make level…)

make level paths for your feet.

My son carefully guard well your heart and your thoughts, because they are the source of good health.

Know where you’re headed and you will be on solid ground, robust, durable and immovable on the day of the winds of adversity, storm and fire of affliction.

Treasure my word like one who has found a great spoil. Like the psalmist, say to yourself: ‘I delight in your word, your word have I hidden in my heart that I may not sin against you.’


Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly …but his delight is in the word of the Lord and on his word he meditates, day and night.  He shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of waters that brings forth its fruit in due season. His leaf also will not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.


Ps119:9, 11,

My Son, pay attention to my word!

8        But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

19      The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.

20      My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21      Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;

22      For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

23      Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

24      Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.

25      Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.

26      Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left

remove your foot from evil



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My Son, Listen to Your Father (by Fenny West)

Proverbs 4: Security in Wisdom

1     Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to

know understanding;

2     For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

3     When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of

my mother,

4     He also taught me, and said to me: ” Let your heart retain my words;

Keep my commands, and live.

5     Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from

the words of my mouth.

6     Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will

keep you.

7     Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your

getting, get understanding.

8     Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when

you embrace her.

9     She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory

she will deliver to you.”

10        Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life

will be many.



In this passage, we can see the father exhorting his son on the need to get wisdom, understanding and good judgement; to value her above silver or gold, see her as the principal thing, the cardinal thing, precious thing.

He reiterates that he gives good instruction and teaching on the fundamentals of life that will hold the child in good stead as he grows up to be a man.  He wants to pass on the baton for a productive, enviable, durable adult life that he can be proud of while he is alive and when he is long gone.


He is speaking from the point of view of a possessor and not just a confessor. He has been around long enough to distinguish between folly and wisdom; knows the difference between knowledge and discretion and understanding and godly counsel amidst the myriads of ungodly alternatives in the world around him.


What more? He had been his father’s son (‘…I was my father’s son…’v3) He had been under instruction and guidance himself, humbling himself to learn from his father.


Young people often think they know it all. However he was wise to defer to his father, take his instructions and is now able to advise his son. Unless you have learned to be under authority, you cannot give authority effectively. It is wisdom to learn to submit yourself to those God has set over you. It does not make you inferior. It is a safety net.  God is pleased and will honour you in due time. He gives grace to the humble and resists the proud.(1Pet5:5-6)

What are the benefits of wisdom that we can glean from the passage?


The marginal title: says it all: Security in wisdom. Wisdom protects you from error of judgement. You learn from other peoples mistakes rather than repeat them. The centurion recognised that Jesus was a man with a higher authority but he also alluded that there were people under him. He was himself under others before he had his authority and he submitted to Jesus’ authority. (Matt8)


Wisdom will make you stand out like David when invited by Saul to stay in the palace. David was wise in the way he conducted himself (1Sam18:5). Wisdom will give you an excellent spirit like Daniel and his friends who honoured God even while in exile and God made them ten times better than their peers, when the time of testing came . (Dan1:20,-5:12) Wisdom will make you distinguished like Joseph in Potiphar’s house such that his master left everything in his charge.(Gen.39:1-6) If you are wise, you will be head-hunted. People will come looking for you. Your employers will promote you and look for ways to keep you- increasing your salary, pecks and your responsibilities etc.



Although a father is obliged to provide for his children, experience has shown that those children who listen to their parents instructions, guidance and counsel, get the most from them. Others get by with the minimum. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.’ But if you go about as if you’re your own boss, you will be in want.  You cannot confidently rely on the promise and provision of your father. (Ps23:1) ‘A promise taken out of context is a pretext.’


Prolongation of life (longevity)

When a son dishonours his parents or father, he is digging his grave, opening the door for all kinds of evil. He is making himself vulnerable to the elements (so to speak) and so doing endangering his life.  He is spurning the security in place, the safety net his father has for his good and this can shorten his life.  On the other hand, when a son listens to his father’s instruction and obeys him, it brings delight to his father who will do anything to protect the son.  God is also pleased with this son and would protect him and thereby elongate his life. He will not die before his time.


Wisdom brings with it the ability to produce wealth, increase and lay the foundation for a fruitful adult life. It teaches you the value of working not only hard but smart  It teaches you the virtue of delayed gratification Wisdom imparts diligence and excellence, perseverance, character which are important pillar of productivity and prosperity.



The wise son who listens to and adheres to his father’s instructions will grow, develop, mature to be an able teacher himself, equipped with the knowledge and wisdom, discretion, counsel and understanding from his father. He is now a professor.



There are many professors in life who not possessors. Such professors teach what they have learnt in books and internet and other means but they have not lived it themselves. Anybody can teach if they sit down and learn from books. It is different when you have submitted yourself under the authority of your father, learnt from him, not only in words but through experience and matured in your wisdom whilst also realising that we grow in wisdom and no one has arrived. We learn daily as we humble ourselves before God who is all-wise.


Let us pray:

Father, we thank You for what You have taught us today.

Help us to value wisdom from You as the principal thing in our daily walk. Open our eyes, O Lord, to recognise the authority figure You have set over us and to acknowledge and humble ourselves to learn from them to grow, mature and develop.


Teach us Lord to be sensitive to Your Spirit even when we read Your word  listen to you, cherish your words of wisdom.


O that we would be teachable and not consider ourselves as arrived. Grant us hearing hearts and understanding mind as we read your word daily.


Grant, O Lord, that Your wisdom will protect us, promote us, open door of provision for us, make us productive, able professors and possessors of your kingdom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


My Son, Listen to Your –Father

He is wiser and knows better

His silver hair counts for something

He has been through many things.


Don’t behave as if you know all

Such attitude will lead to a fall.

Son, value wisdom above all

And you will, doubtless, stand tall.


Son, Wisdom will bring protection,

Increase, productivity and provision.

She will bring excellence and promotion

Make you an able professor with unction.



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©Fenny West2012