Lesson 6 The Fear of the LORD
Today we will take a look at the Scripture to see why the fear of the LORD is necessary and what are the results of fearing the LORD.
The Fear of the LORD Is Necessary
It is necessary to worship.
Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
It is necessary in service.
Psalm 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
It is necessary to keep us from sin.
Exodus 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
It is necessary to good government.
II Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
It is necessary for the administration of justice.
II Chronicles 19:6-9 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.
And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
It is necessary for the perfecting of holiness in the life of a Christian.
II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
What Are the Results of Fearing the LORD
It brings pleasure to the Lord.
Psalm 147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
As HIS children, our heart´s desire should be to please our FATHER.
It causes the LORD´s pity to increase toward HIS children.
Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
It brings acceptance with GOD.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
It bring the mercy of GOD.
Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
Teach me to fear THEE, O LORD. How we need YOUR mercy!
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
It brings blessings
Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
It brings confidence.
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
It brings separation.
Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Today there is little fear of God and an abundance of evil. We need only to look around at the world and society we live in to see the growing evil.
It brings Christian fellowship.
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
It brings answered prayer.
Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
It brings long life.
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
Let´s pray that GOD in HIS infinite love and mercy will teach us to fear HIM.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
This is our last lesson on GOD the FATHER. Next week we will begin our study of GOD the SON. I pray that you are enjoying this lesson and that you are daily growing in your walk with GOD. Remember, HE loves you. HE wants you to talk to HIM everyday (prayer) and HE wants to talk to you everyday as well (Bible reading). May we grow in the light of HIS love and bring pleasure to our FATHER.
See you next week!