Each new year, I love to pick a theme verse for the year. The topic I have been studying of late is “the fear of the LORD.” It’s been amazing to study Scripture and look up verses on this subject and see what exactly it means.
The best way I would describe it is standing in awe of God — His might, His power, who He is! It’s not fear in the sense of being afraid (though there may be aspects of that); rather, when we rightly consider Him, though we can’t comprehend Him fully, this will be our reaction to the God that He is.
The fear of the LORD involves walking in His ways, trusting Him, hoping in His mercy, serving Him, departing from evil, loving and obeying Him — just to name a few things I’ve seen in Scripture.
However, the thing that has blessed me the most in my study of this so far is that when I see the fear of the LORD, I see timelessness, promises that extend beyond my lifetime and into eternity. Unlike some of the other promises given in Scripture, these promises to those who fear God go beyond today to future generations:
Luke 1:50 “His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.”
Psalm 103:17 “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children“
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.”
How amazing to think that the result of fearing Him might not only be my complete joy and His great mercy upon me, but also extended to my children and their children! This year, I want to learn and grow in the fear of the LORD.
Happy New Year to my many blog readers! 🙂 May you grow more deeply in the knowledge of Jesus this year!