A decade ago when the Lord first approached me on the subject of Fear of the Lord, I was unmistakably baffled, “Fear the God of love?”
As I searched for the meaning of the Fear of the Lord, God’s message unfolded as this—friendship– intimacy with Him, is set aside for those that fear Him.
As stated in Psalm 25:14
“Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who fear Him”
Therefore, to truly love the God of love I would have to fear Him and learn to balance the two.
The Fear of the Lord is a rare treasure to search for and to behold. This treasure holds the keys to the ultimate treasure of intimately and personally knowing God. The fear that we must partake of is based in love, reverence, honor and respect of His holiness—leading to the very essence of the meaning which is to unconditionally love and obey Him no matter the cost.
Psalm 34:9 heralds,
“Oh, fear the Lord, you saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.”
In today’s culture, no want would be a rarity. The truth is, the Fear of the Lord unlocks a deep love relationship with Him where carnal want is decreased.
You may ask, what exactly is the Fear of the Lord? The following scriptures enlighten us:
“The fear of the Lord is true wisdom” Job 28:28
“The fear of the Lord is clean [pure] enduring forever” Psalm 19:9
“The fear of the Lord is the fountain of true knowledge” Proverbs 1:6
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” Proverbs 14:27
“The fear of the Lord is His treasure” Isaiah 33:6
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” Proverbs 8:13
“Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
Consider the Fear of the Lord as a gateway leading to many avenues of blessings for those that fear and reverence God. According to the few scriptures above, we see that the Fear of the Lord is the key to the passageway of wisdom, purity, knowledge, life treasure and good health.
Another question that may arise in you is why is the fear of the Lord a gateway or passage way to blessing, wisdom and knowledge? Understanding the fear of the Lord is one of those subjects that the humanness of our mind is opposed to. We have to ask the Holy Spirit for a revelation of the fear of the Lord that penetrates the core of our heart and soul.
Proverbs 2:3 gives us huge insight into comprehending the fear of the Lord.
“If you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
Discernment and understanding will give us understanding of the fear of the Lord. If you can’t wrap your head around this concept, cry out for discernment and understanding.
Psalm 89:7 says
“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”
Fearing God causes us to put Him in His rightful place and to see Him for who He truly is GOD-Lord and Master! Not as ordinary, average or on the same level as our self, but highly exalted, honored, respected and to be obeyed. God acknowledges a reverent and obedient heart—this is one reason the fear of the Lord is a gateway to an abundant life.
The Fear of the Lord is not just something we gain knowledge of, The Fear of the Lord has to be ingested, becoming a part of who we are.
Be encouraged to search God out on this very essential subject—it will change your life!