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Fear Results in God’s Protection

FRIDAY


And finally, the fear of the Lord results in blessing from God:


NAU Psalm 31:19 How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!


NIV Psalm 31:19 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.


KJV Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

 

NAU Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.

NIV Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

KJV Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.


NAU Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.

NIV Proverbs 14:26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.

KJV Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

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Fear Results in Blessings

THURSDAY

A proper ‘fear of the Lord’ results in salvation:

NAU Psalm 85:9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.

NIV Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

KJV Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

 

In limitless love:

 
NAU Psalm 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

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

 
KJV Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. {as…: Heb. according to the height of the heaven}

 
And in tender treatment from God:

 
NAU Psalm 103:17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,

 
NIV Psalm 103:17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–

 
KJV Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

Fear Brings Enlightenment

 WEDNESDAY

The remainder of the week will be spent looking at some of the Benefits of Fearing the Lord. Today, we will see that the Fear of the Lord enlightens the mind:

 
NAU Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.

NIV Psalm 25:14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

KJV Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. {and…: or, and his covenant to make them know it}

 
The fear of the Lord also teaches us NOT to sin:

 
NAU Proverbs 16:6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

NIV Proverbs 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

KJV Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Combining Terror and Awe

TUESDAY

What does it mean to ‘fear the Lord?”  The English definition of the word ‘fear’ means ‘a painful emotion marked by alarm.” I think most of us, however, would include the concept of terror.  In fact, the Hebrew Scriptures use 7 different words that are translated as fear while the Greek New Testament uses three different words, and all of them describe ‘terror’ to various degrees.  However, one Hebrew word and one Greek word have the same combined meaning. These words have the combined meaning of ‘to be fearful or terrified’ and ‘to hold in awe or respect’! How can you be terrified and hold in reverential awe at the same time?

 
It is not difficult to imagine terror. Hebrews 10:31 tells us that it is ’… a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’  All we need to do is imagine God’s Holy hand ready to drop an unredeemed sinner into the chasm of hell (as Jonathon Edwards pictured in his sermon ‘Sinners in the hands of a holy God’)! Remembering this peril before our redemption should move us to awe that our Holy God has chosen and provided to us a rich forgiveness through the finished work of Christ. John the Apostle says this very thing:

 
NAU 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fear s is not perfected in love.

 
NIV 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fear s is not made perfect in love.

 
KJV 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 
The work of the Son removes God’s wrath from sinners. It is the love of God that transforms ‘terror’ into ‘awe’. Unlike the non-Christian who can only be terrified of God, the Christian balances terror and awe by remembering the terror that once was his but now has been replaced with the awe of God by appreciating the work of the Son on the cross.

How Not To Waste Your Life

MONDAY

My topic this week will be on How Not To Waste Your Life!. It is based upon the insight of the wisest man to have lived on the earth, yet who was utterly dissatisfied with living. He was the wealthiest man of his day, by far the most knowledgeable, considered to be the greatest in the world and saturated with pleasure. When he entered into the final years of his life, he recognized that the life he had lived to that point had been meaningless. The man is Solomon, the third king of Israel. We find his insights of life in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Solomon begins this book by saying in Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” In the Hebrew, the English word ‘vanity’ means ‘being empty’ and comes from a word meaning breath or vapor. How appropriate a word to describe life lived in the way Solomon had lived – as meaningless as breath on a cold day, seen only for a split second before disappearing forever. The NIV captures the Hebrew most accurately when it says: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”


Fortunately, Solomon did wizen. Once he realized how meaningless he was living life, he refocused. Instead of putting himself at the center of life, he put God back as the rightful center of his life (NIV Ecclesiastes 12:13 ‘Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man’.) Do not, however, confuse this statement as one of a works based righteousness. The whole of Scripture (most certainly in Romans and Galatians) teaches that righteousness comes through grace by faith in Christ alone. But once in the relationship with God, biblical fear is a foundational principle for living to God’s glory and not wasting your life.


But what does it mean to fear? We will define it tomorrow.