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September 14, 2009
"Back to School?"
Part 3 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"
Yes, it was back to school for me. I was determined to discover how "the fear of the Lord" gave me wisdom, and I was learning that it was all wrapped up in God, so I had better start taking notes. I was astonished to discover over 400 references to "the fear of the Lord." Most people I know refer to the fear of the Lord as "awe and reverence." When I read about the children of Israel trembling with terror at the very thought of God speaking to them directly, and begging Moses to speak to God and then tell them what He said, well, that sounds like something quite different. I needed to find out what this strange phrase actually meant.
"Fear" is an inner attitude of submission. You become a servant to the one you fear. The fear of the Lord is to recognize God's power and position and our position as His dependant creatures. So the next hurdle is to know what God's character is, what His ways are like, and whether He can be trusted.
The Scriptures tell us that it is imperative to fear God and not man. They produce totally different results.
The fear of the Lord leads me to ultimate fulfillment whereas the fear of man leads to slavery and oppression. The fear of the Lord leads me into an intimate relationship with God, my Creator, whereas the fear of man leads to alienation from God and man. The fear of man is tormenting because he can not be trusted always.
God has clearly defined the fear of the Lord for us. We need to understand what it IS, in order to understand what it is NOT.
"The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward." Psalm 19:9-11
To think that His judgments are absolutely true and fulfilling! Is there anyone -- our parents, even the closest of our friends, our relatives, our spouses -- that we could say that about? Absolutely true and righteous? They have it right every time? They understand every motive? God does. What a rest comes into the heart when one can trust, utterly trust, the judgments of the lover of our soul.
I enrolled in the school of "The Fear of the Lord." I was in Kindergarten.
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