Fear of the Lord

One of the commands and encouragements of scripture can be hard to understand sometimes. Lots of the things that we are supposed to do make sense. Love. Forgive. Care. Support. Pray.

These things make sense to us as first.

But, listen to what is put forth in Psalm 128:1-4:

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

fear of the lordBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

Fear the Lord. That’s a command that we hear over and over again the Bible. It’s one that we know, that we’ve been told about, that we know that we should do.

But, what it is? What does it mean to fear the Lord?

The way that I’ve understood it best is to have a holy reverence for God. To understand, to know, that He is God. He is different. He is other. He is not a man. He is not human.

He is God.

And we are not.

And we will never fully understand or know Him totally this side of Glory. There is a mystery to Him.

To fear the Lord is understand. He is the God of the Ages. The Ancient of Days. The Sovereign Lord of Heaven. The Creator of all that is, both Seen and Unseen. He is the Author of Life. The Rock of Age.

He is God.

And knowing that fact is where happiness and life starts. Because knowing that fact reminds us that we are in His hands, we are His, and He has this.

In many ways, to fear the Lord is a lot like trusting the Lord. Because when we understand who He is, in His glory and in His honor, we can trust Him.

So, today, you don’t have to be afraid of God. He loves you. But, we do need to fear Him. Respect Him. Honor Him.

Trust Him.

And in that, we find life.

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August 1, 2010 Podcast is Up!

Today’s sermon podcast is is up on Asbury Church’s website. This sermon is the first in my series “Being Salt” which walks us through the Sermon on the Mount.  It entitled Oh Happiness. The text is Matthew 5: 3-12. Click the to our website to stream it there, or you can listen to it through my blog. You can also click here to subscribe through iTunes.