//The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever//
The fear of the Lord is not formed by man’s hands, but by beholding the glory of God. In Acts 4 we see a beautiful picture of fearing the Lord. Peter and John were standing arrested before the council for proclaiming the name of Jesus. They were charged to not speak or teach in the name of Jesus again. Peter and John answered this charge by saying “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of the things we have seen and heard.” After proclaiming this, Peter and John left the council praising God. Peter and John demonstrated a beautiful picture of fearing of the Lord. We fear the Lord as we see His power demonstrated in the earth. Peter & John had seen God do too much to keep quiet. That is the fear of the Lord. We will either spend our days fearing and serving God in reverence, or we will spend eternity separated from God, fearing Him as His wrath is poured out on us. Peter & John didn’t have to muster it up in their hearts to fear God, it was a natural response to His wonder. As we behold His everlasting glory, we will fear Him with reverence.
We fear the Lord with thanksgiving. We fear the Lord by gazing at His work of majesty and splendor. We fear the Lord because His righteousness endures forever. We fear a God who is gracious and merciful. We fear the Lord who supplies all of our needs. We fear a God who remembers His covenant forever. We fear a God whose hands are faithful and just. We fear a God whose precepts are trustworthy and endure forever. We fear a King who sent redemption to His people, who has commanded His covenant forever and whose name is Holy & Awesome.
Application: Reverential fear is planted in my heart as I gaze upon the glory of the Lord. Today I am writing down five beautiful displays of His wonder and majesty in my life. I will share these with my roommates and pray that as we gaze upon the glory of the Lord He will increase our fear of Him.