The Blessing of Holy Fear

This week began by praying, as a part of my regular prayer list, for the fear of the Lord for myself, my wife, and my three daughters. This caused me to consider, “What factors contribute to a healthy fear of God?” Firstly, one key to a healthy fear of God is a revelation of His Holiness. In the absence of this we tend to consider God to be much like we are, and this certainly diminishes our awe of Him. He is Holy, which literally means, “totally other than.” If the angels who see Him most closely perpetually declare “totally other than” concerning Him, how much more ought we realize that He is infinitely beyond our loftiest thought of Him (Revelation 4:8, Psalm 50:21). Secondly, we must cultivate an awareness of His justice. To rightly fear the Lord, we must consider our personal day of accountability in which we will each stand before God and be evaluated for every inconsiderate word (Matthew 12:36) and even the smallest act of kindness (Mark 9:41). Neither will be forgotten, both will have impact upon eternity in terms of reward or of suffering loss (1 Corinthians 3:15). Across our culture we see the consequences of lives that lack the fear of God. They are evident in the pursuit material gain, temporal pleasure, and by so many who carry a deep seated attitude of rebellion against authority. We ultimately do not honor parents or governments because we do not fear God (Romans 13:1). Last week, I welcomed my third little girl into the world, and so today as she is a week old, I am considering the future blessedness for her little life if bathed in prayer for the reverential awe and holy fear of God.

Here is how my family (and yours) will be blessed if we acquire a Holy fear of God: 

I. Intimacy & Affection: 

The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. – Psalm 25:14

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; – Psalm 103:11

II. Wisdom: 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10

Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. – Psalm 25:12

III. Provision: 

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. – Psalm 31:19

Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. – Psalm 34:9

IV. Protection: 

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.  – Proverbs 14:26

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.  – Psalm 145:19

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