Why You Should Fear The Lord

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By | July 1, 2009

Psalm 111:10“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding has all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”According to 1st Chronicles 28:9 says, “We all have a choice to make in this life to do it or not to do it.” Psalm 19:9 says, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.” And Psalm 128:1 says,” Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways.” Amen!What is this fear of the Lord? Reverential Trust includes hatred of evil. Daniel Webster defines Fear and Reverence, as being; Respectful, worthy of deep respect or awe, to be respectful is feeling or expressing profound respect. To esteem, a feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something. To not go against, or violate something. To pay due attention to and refrain from violating something awe. It is a mixture of wonder and dread. A feeling of amazement and respect mixed with fear that is often coupled with a feeling of personal insignificance or powerlessness. Ability to inspire dread or reverence. To be extremely frightened. You are to Fear the Lord. That is to understand who He is. To know He holds the power of life and death. We are nothing in comparison to Him. Amen!In the United States, we do not know what it is like to be under a fierce leader as some other countries are. In Egypt in biblical times, the Pharaoh thought of himself as the morning star, and he believed he was God himself and the people feared him for their lives. You did what you were told, or you died. It was that simple. Obedience or punishment, which typically was death. Could you imagine that type of leadership from a parent? “Eat your oatmeal or die.” But think about it. It could be that simple.Pharaoh killed all of the male children of Israel because he thought there was a threat to his kingdom. He did what he wanted and no one could contest otherwise, or it would be their death. I’m not comparing the Almighty with a simple ruler of Egypt, but we do not live in a society where we are subject to our leader, who dictates our every move. Amen!We do not know what it is like to be subjected to a ruler who tells us what to do. It is because we are blessed as a nation. And because of this blessing, you must understand and not lose sight of where this blessing was founded. Our nation was founded “Under God” “In God We Trust” Many of us have so much that we take what we have for granted. We have material things, but it’s what remains when the material things are gone these are things that really matter.You have the one true God, to whom you owe your everything. He loves us and you are to love him and to love Him, is to serve Him and in order to serve Him, you must know what He wants. He must show us his ways, and we must learn and do them. Psalm 128:1 says,”Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways.” Amen!Psalm 112:1 says, “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. Amen!When you have this fear of the Lord. This reverence and awe, you are blessed.When you have this fear of the Lord, and delight in obeying Him, walking in his ways, you are blessed. So how is it that we are able to know how to walk in His ways? We need to put our trust in Him and follow his commands. But where do we begin?Start by asking as in Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Amen!My hope is in you all day long. Seeking Him every day, and all the day long. Preparing your hearts to serve Him and to do His Will. Seeking Him. Why do we need to seek Him and prepare our hearts to serve Him? If we do not, then we are doomed to destruction. An example of one who did not fix his heart on the Lord. 2nd Chronicles 12:14says,”Rehaboam, Solomon’s Son and he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” Amen!We are to prepare our hearts to serve Him, seeking God all the day long. It is to be our fixation. A celestial fixation if you will, with the most holy, all powerful, eternal and everlasting God. The God of Righteousness itself and we are to reverently fear Him. And when we fear Him, we need not fear evil, because evil has no power over himself.Psalms 112:7-8 says, “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. “Amen!In 1st Chronicles 28:9, David spoke to Solomon about this very thing “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.You have a choice you are either for or against. Solomon chose to be for the Lord, fearing the Lord and as it says in the Psalms, fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and as we know it, Solomon was the wisest of kings ever on the face of the earth.You are to seek God daily, truthfully, honestly, willingly. How do you seek him? First by understanding how to love him. Deuteronomy 6:5says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Amen!Jeremiah 29:13says,” And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart seek him with all your heart with everything that is in us. You are to put your trust in him, fix your hearts upon him, ask him to show us and teach us what is right how? Meditating in the word praying to him, communication with God, with Jesus listening to the instruction by the Holy Spirit knowing and understanding that when we put away all the things of this world, and fully lean and put our trust in the Lord and surrendering our lives to him. We will find ourselves truly blessed. Amen!Psalm 112 shows some of these blessings, “Your seed will be mighty. Your generations and future generations will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in your house. There will be light in darkness. You will see rescue in troubles. You will be an everlasting remembrance. You can impact the lives of those around us; family, friends, neighbors. You will be lifted up in honor to the Lord. All this is a choice you must make to do it or do it not. Rehoboam did it not, and did evil. Solomon-did it and obtained wisdom. Amen! Choose today to do it and when you do accept Jesus as Savior, you can seek God’s instructions and guidance as a child of the Father. Ask the Lord according to Psalm 25:4-5,”Lord, show me your ways, Teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me. You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you. On You, Lord, I wait all the day long.” Amen!And what does the Bible say about those who wait upon the Lord? You are given new strength for each day. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that ‘they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint. The best days are ahead of us when we put God first in our daily lives. Amen!Many of you reading this message are 45, 55, 65 or more years of age. The best days are ahead of you as well when you put God first in your daily life. Take a look at Moses. His ministry did not begin until he was 80 years old! Psalm 92:14 proclaims this promise about the righteous believer. They will still bear fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green.The fear of the Lord, the reverent awe in the Almighty understanding and more importantly knowing Him brings blessing. Now you know why those walk in His ways are blessed. Amen!