Psalm 112:1 (NKJV) —
1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
The Psalms speak so much to our nature. Here, the psalmist correctly understands where blessings come from. Blessings come from God, but here he identifies one of the sources of God’s blessings. A man is blessed when he fears the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord? The passage really gives us the hint. Delighting in the commandments of God are part of the fear of the Lord. Yet, this doesn’t really give us an understanding of “fear”.
Psalm 111:10 (NKJV) — 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Psalm 111 tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Again it is connected to God’s commandments.
Job 28:28 (NKJV) — 28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
Job tells us a little more. Departing from evil is a result of the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 2:5–6 (NKJV) — 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Proverbs even tells us that the fear of the Lord produces knowledge. So, if the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, it produces knowledge, and it leads to following God’s commandments, what is it really? There in Proverbs 2:6 we see it. The Lord gives wisdom, the lord gives knowledge and understanding. The fear of the Lord is the understanding that God is the originator of all things. He is total power. He gives, he takes away. He punishes and He forgives.
Proverbs 16:6 (NKJV) — 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
It is the fear of the Lord and His righteous judgment that leads us away from sin. God will judge the world, the sinners to eternal hell and the righteous to eternal life. But the proverb also says that mercy and truth are an atonement for that evil. That fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and leads us to Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, we find atonement.
Acts 9:31 (NKJV) — 31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
After atonement, Jesus gives the believer the Holy Spirit who comforts us in all things. But comfort is just the beginning. The more we know the Love of God, that original fear begins to disappear. Fear is only the beginning. Perfect love is the end.
1 John 4:18 (NKJV) — 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
The perfect love of Jesus Christ casts out all fear of judgment. Christ has assured me that He has paid for my sin. He has saved me and I am born again. I don’t need to fear God’s judgment. I hope you also have been made perfect in Jesus’ love. If not, then you have a lot to fear. If you have, then you have nothing to fear.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Psalm 126-132
- Day 2 – Psalm 133-139
- Day 3 – Psalm 140-145
- Day 4 – Psalms 146-150
- Day 5 – Proverbs 1-3
- Day 6 – Proverbs 4-6
- Day 7 – Proverbs 7-9