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February 09, 2005

The Fear of the Lord

Last week I read a couple of discussions focused on “the fear of the Lord.” I didn’t jump in, but did start humming one of Carolyn Hyde's scripture songs.


Then a few days ago I read Chris Donato’s article, Ancient Wisdom. This is how he explained Biblical fear:

“To begin with, to “fear” the Lord (or to have the “fear of God”) involved three aspects: First, the most obvious is that of emotional awe—to have faith, love, and trust in a holy God. Second, to fear God simply means that we must humble ourselves before the unchanging revelation of who He is in His Word. Third, fearing the Lord is a transcendent truth that can be instructed and committed to memory or pondered in the heart. This last point is important if for no other reason than to show us that no matter how many people do not fear God, it nonetheless endures. Thus, “fear of the Lord” refers to God’s eternal word, and it is this ageless inspiration from which wisdom flows.

“Fear” therefore, has little to do with pascifying an angry God; rather, it has to do with an expressie response of humility, trust, and love—this last effect, we are reminded by Jesus in Matthew 22:40, being that upon which “all the Law and the Prophets” depend. Again, biblical “fear” does not entail a robotic response to the legalist’s laws; it is humility and awe of the One who set before us “life and good, death and evil” (Duet. 30:15).

Using Jesus as the ultimate example, the fear of the Lord is the Son’s loving adoration that manifested itself in humble and meticulous obedience to His Father’s will.”

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I just wanted to stop by and say "hello" - I haven't visited your site in a little while and I really like the new layout.

- Matthew

Posted by: Matthew at February 9, 2005 02:36 PM

Great words of encouragement and a great site.

Posted by: Michael at February 10, 2005 06:39 PM

I always insert the word reverance for fear, especially when explaining it to new believers.

Posted by: Robin at February 13, 2005 11:52 PM

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