lifewords 11.29.10 in the fear of the Lord is life!
Grace and peace to you today from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm praying for you this morning, rejoicing in God's great love for you.
Remember last week in the last verse of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, seeing the relationship between a God's grace to us and our lifestyle of loving Him with sincerity? A sincere, pure, humble, undivided heart is what He loves.
Along these lines, today I'm thinking of what God's Word says concerning reverencing the Lord. To "fear the Lord" is another way of saying "to revere Him, to honor Him, to worship Him with a pure heart." Proverbs 8:13 gives additional insight to what the "fear of the Lord" is. "To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech."
Proverbs 19:23 says that the fear of the Lord comes with humility. "The result of humility is the fear of the Lord, along with wealth, honor and life."
Psalm 34:9,10 admonishes us to "Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." We are to honor Him, reverence Him with our life, worship Him with all we are.
I love the living wisdom of Proverbs. Oh, that we would walk in the wisdom of God daily! Pr 9:10 says that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." without a heart of worship, we won't even get off the starting block to attaining true wisdom! Honor Him first, then wisdom's flow.
Proverbs 12:27 says that our reverence for the Lord will prolong life!
Proverbs 14:26 says "In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and His children have a refuge."
Our hearts of reverent worship and honor to the Lord today will bring His wellsprings of life and favor to us.