Fearing The Lord

Psalm 103:17-18 “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”

The word ‘fear’ in this context is ‘yare’ (Strong 3373); in the Hebrew translation ‘yare’ is a fear out of moral reverence.  It is not the type of fear where we run away when The Lord is near.  ‘Fear’ in this context is awe and wonder, it makes us say ‘wow’ and bow down to our Creator.  My grandmother, a woman in her mid-nineties, is a meek and petite woman who is very soft spoken.  She is almost a head shorter than me and she weighs no more than 40 Kg. (88 pounds).  There is absolutely no reason for me to fear her; in fact, if I don’t behave properly when she’s around, I risk endangering her physical safety.

I love it when she’s around and I treasure each moment I have with her.  I do not fear and run away trembling every time she’s near; and whenever she speaks, I know what she has to say is full of love and wisdom, so I better make sure I drop down all that I am doing, go to her, and make sure her words enter my gray matter and sink in my heart.  That is my grandmother, she has nothing but love for me, I love her and I FEAR (yare) her at the same time.  I believe that this is the very ‘fear’ that the Lord wants from us.  It is the fear filled with love, reverence and respect that will drive us to come to Him so we can draw more love and draw more blessings from The One who loves us.

Read The Bible and discover how the Son of God gave up His heavenly glory to be the filth of the earth in order to save man from their sins. Jesus Christ, how not to fall in love with Him?