There has been a message I have been meditating on this whole week. When I heard it I was very challenged by it. The pastor on Sunday evening was speaking about the fear of the Lord. After his word I got a deeper understanding of the fear of the Lord and that is what I want to speak on. What is the fear of the Lord really? A lot of people understand what it is and a lot of people don’t. I really liked the pastor’s definition. He said the fear of the Lord is,
To love God so much that you wouldn’t want to do anything that would displease Him.
Let that sink it for a bit. That is what I been meditating on this week. Do I love God so much that I wouldn’t want to do anything that would displease Him? We need to walk in the fear of the Lord but how do we do it? Thanks for asking that important question because the answer is in the word…. 🙂 The first key scripture is Proverbs 22:4 – The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
The other key scripture is in Psalm 34:11-13 which says:
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to revere and worshipfully fear the Lord
What man is he who desires life and longs for many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit
Depart from evil and do good, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!
If you want long life and you want to see many good days you need to walk in the fear of the Lord and this is how you walk in the fear of the Lord.
You start off by watching what comes out of your mouth! That is what verse 13 teaches. If you fear God you need to watch what you speaking. Cursing people or gossiping about them is not fearing God. Speaking negatively over yourself and your situation is not fearing the Lord. We need to be more careful about how we speak to each other and ourselves.
The next thing we are taught is to be a peacemaker. A person who fears the Lord is someone who pursues peace at all costs. That person doesn’t wait for the other person to make things right, instead he or she make the first move! They pursue peace with everything within them. Do you pursue peace? Are you a peacemaker?
If we want God to hear our prayers we got to watch our words and pursue peace at all costs.
And that is what walking in fear of the Lord is. If we want long life and if we want to see many good days we got to love God so much that we wouldn’t want to do anything that would displease Him.