The beauty of the fear of the Lord

Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing. (Ps. 34:9)

We don’t like that word “fear.” We’ve let it be stolen by our weak definitions. We can try “revere” the Lord… but what does THAT mean?

The concept of truly bowing to the One who is “wholly other” and acknowledge that HE is God… and WE are not… has become a foreign thought. We are so into ourselves and how we think, then God must be more… well… like us. 

We have made God into our own images. Small, tiny images… and then called it “great.”

Don’t understand the “atonement” or the “wrath of God?” Turn it into “cosmic child abuse” and feel better!

Think that word “sin” is just a bit to harsh? Then try the word “issues” and move on.

We have moved away from an understanding of “fear of the Lord,” where we fall to our knees in worship because he is GOD. He is supreme. He is majestic. He is great and worthy of all our attention… and obedience. We willingly submit to his call and his way. We long to follow his way because following him doesn’t diminish us, it fulfills us.

We have diminished God, made him into our image and jettisoned the “fear” of the Lord. And as a result, we move from “lacking nothing” to having nothing. 

The tragedy is when we get to that place, we most likely don’t even recognize it. We’ve become our own little god… and that feels pretty good.

Lord, we lack. Without you, without your rule and reign in our lives, we are so diminished. With you, we have ALL we need. But that must come with sacrifice and surrender on our part. You are a GOOD God! You provide all we need and it is abundant. Move us away from our tiny little desires and bring us into the abundance of your Kingdom and presence. We need you. Let us take you as YOU are, and not as the tiny image we have in our minds. Heal us and bring us into Kingdom power. Amen. 

 

The challenge of holiness

Working our way through our Multiply material this week, our small group has come to a sobering conclusion: God really wants our FULL attention when we come to him. He has given us ALL of himself… so we need to take the care necessary to approach a HOLY God with reverence, with attention, with deep awe and respect. He is so worth it. 

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Heb. 9:15)

Lord, I take worship too lightly. I am so concerned about time… weather… temperature… sound volume… I take so little care to ask, “Lord, do I come ready?” Forgive me, Lord. Set my heart on you. For your glory. Amen.