Referring to the fear of the Lord, preacher John Bunyan said, “Christian, let God’s distinguishing love be a motive to you to fear Him greatly. He has put fear in your heart, and may not have given that blessing to your neighbor, perhaps not to your husband, your wife, your child, or your parent. Oh, what an obligation should this thought lay upon your heart to greatly fear the Lord! Remember also that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favorites, and to those who are greatly beloved.”
I love that quote. For it’s perfect explanation of how having the fear of the Lord is a great blessing to Believers. For our fear is reverence, meaning respect and amazement for the overwhelming awesomeness of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” King David felt reverence and awe for God deeply. Because many times he experienced victory that he knew only came by the hands of Lord.
David took confidence in knowing that the, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him.” (v. 7) A promise we too can claim in our own lives. And not only can we have confidence, we are promised that those who fear the Lord, lack for nothing, enjoy life abundantly, and see many good days. (Psalm 34:9-12) How do we see those good days? David speaks of four things we need to do. Including, controlling our tongues, departing from evil, doing good and seeking peace.
God promises that eyes of the Lord are toward those who fear Him and His ears open to their cry. He will deliver His people from their troubles, and “redeem the soul of His servants.” You and I are living in a fallen world, and we have all the troubles and fears that go along with it. But our Father in Heaven loves us so much, that when we fear the Lord with reverence and awe, He promises victory. And knowing from that amazing love, God assigns an angel to encamp around each one of us to protect and rescue, how could we not fall on our knees before Him in overflowing awe, gratitude, and respect?