TEXT: DEUT. 31: 12-13*
12. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13. And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
To fear God in this context does not mean to be afraid of God but to give Him His due respect and honour. One of the recurring issues in the scripture is the admonition to God’s people about the fear of God. In Psalm 128, the psalmist says “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord and who walk in His ways.” To fear God simply means to live a life of complete obedience to God’s laws and walking in His ways and obeying His will
Living our life in the fear of God is very rewarding. It helps us to enjoy every blessing that comes from His throne. Psalm 1 says that whoever fears God will flourish like a tree planted by the waters, and Psalm 128 says that such a person will eat the fruit of his labour and it shall be well with him or her. We also fear God because He is very great; He is clothed with honour, majesty and light. He laid the foundation of the earth and made the clouds His chariot. He cause earthquakes, lightning, and such display of nature and sovereignty.
The fear of God keeps us from sinning against Him and helps us to relate well with our fellow human beings. We must teach the fear of God so that our nation can produce future God-fearing leaders. If we have regard for our parents and leaders by obeying them, then God deserves more because He is the all-powerful God. Proverbs 1:7 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge….” Job 28:28 and several passages in the Bible echo it.
Remember the words of Jesus that says we should not fear those that can only kill the body but fear God that can kill both the body and the soul.
*HYMN: EMHB 576 (220.127.116.11.8.6.)*
1: BE it my only wisdom here
To serve the Lord with filial fear,
With loving gratitude;
Superior sense may I display,
By shunning every evil way,
And walking in the good.
2: O may I still from sin depart!
A wise and understanding heart,
Jesus, to me be given;
And let me through Thy Spirit know
To glorify my God below,
And find my way to heaven.
*MEMORY VERSE:* Deuteronomy 13:4. “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.”
Help me to continually walk blamelessly before Thee, Lord, so, that Your fear will always guide my thoughts and actions. Amen.
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