My flesh trembleth for fear of thee, and I am afraid of Jesus. Are you afraid today, reader? What is it that puts anxiety in your heart? All the problems in the world cannot weigh your heart down more than your relationship with God. That is the center of today’s verse. David feared the Lord. It’s not the type of fear that one experiences when his life is in danger or some similar situation. This fear is defined by Noah Webster as:
In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.
This holy awe that is spoken of in today’s verses should bring a realization that the Lord is a mighty, holy and righteous God and everything lies exposed without anything hidden.
This fear should move us to hate what God hates; to live a life that is pleasing to Him. This same reverence should compel us to live according to His word.
Next David says that he is afraid of God’s judgment. Our reverence for God, this holy awe, opens the heart to realize that there are consequences to the path that we chose to walk in life. God knows every detail; He knows our motives; He knows what lies deepest in our hearts. Remember, nothing is hidden. This should be an eye opener!
Noah Webster defines “afraid” as:
AFRA’ID, adjective [The participle of affray.] Impressed with fear or apprehension; fearful. This word expresses a less degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before the object of fear; as, to be afraid of death. Joseph was afraid to sin against God.
We must possess this holy awe, this fear, of God in order to clearly repent from our sins. I had a wonderful relationship with my Dad. I loved him so much but I knew that when he gave me the “eye,” I’d better do as I was told. I wasn’t afraid of my Dad. I knew that he would never do anything to harm me because he loved me. However, if I did do something wrong, I was afraid of the consequences. To every action, there is an opposite reaction. Therefore, my sin brought a reaction from my Dad and I would be punished. These punishments never caused me to question my Dad’s love for me nor did it affect my love for him. This is a good analogy of God’s judgments. He loves us dearly and only wants what is best for us.
Jesus did what no other could do, my friend! God realized that man could not keep the commandments and man’s sins would lead to the annihilation of all mankind. God’s love for His creation was so great that He presented to man a beautiful gift. That gift was His precious Son, Jesus Christ. The gift is Christ’s payment for the penalty of our sin! He took on our punishment so we would not have to! Is it any wonder that Jesus is the only way to Heaven? It is because of Him that we can receive eternal life.
Oh dear reader, God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is ours for the asking. Once we accept this precious Gift, God does not take it away. Romans 11:29 tells us that the acceptance of His salvation through Jesus Christ is without God’s repentance. The fear and holy awe is a result of our coming to a knowledge of this saving grace in our lives. It is this same fear and holy awe that keeps us from sin as well as moves us to lead others away from the awful judgment that comes for those who don’t accept this unspeakable Gift!!
Won’t you open your heart to God’s word and let His Spirit write the name of the King of Kings on it? Your eternity depends on it!