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Fear of the Lord


No phrase in the Bible contains virtually all the power and blessings Our Father in Heaven makes available to all people. Stand in awe of Our Father in Heaven all you people on Earth and tremble before His Words.

Even thinking about the phrase changes a person’s viewpoint, saying the phrase out loud enhances its power, and acting on the phrase energizes the power of God’s Words.

What is it about the phrase the “Fear of the Lord” that can accomplish so much?

What Is the Fear of the Lord?

The key to understanding the phrase is the word translated to the English fear, which means at once trembling, but also reverence, awe and worship. Here is what Strong’s says:

3374. ah, yir-aw´; feminine of 3373; fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence:
3373. yaw-ray´; from 3372; fearing; morally, reverent:
3372. yaw-ray´; a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten.

Fear of the Lord has nothing to do with anxiety, dread, expectation of evil, fright or terror. The last thing Our Father in Heaven wants people to do is be afraid because fear has to do with punishment and physical cruelty, not correction or discipline. When bad things happen to people, it has to do with their own mistakes, chance or the evil of evil people.

Webster puts it this way:

“2. (Script.) (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being. (b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.

“I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer. xxxii. 40.

“I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps. xxxiv. 11.

“Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear. --Rom. xiii. 7.”

Fear of the Lord, immediately, causes a person to stand in awe of Our Father in Heaven’s greatness, power and love, and yes, to tremble in the presence of the Almighty, and receive almighty blessings.

Learn to Fear the Lord

For the few like Abraham, Fear of the Lord comes from just looking at the heavens and all the teeming life on Earth. For the rest of us, we need to learn how to Fear the Lord.

The Israelites remember the awesome deeds performed by Our Father in Heaven with the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the thunderous proclamation of the Ten Commandments, which to many brought no lasting awe to them.

Aside from nature, we must learn to Fear the Lord from the account in His Word. We can see the creation and read about how God accomplished it in Genesis. We can see some keeping the Passover and read about the great events in Exodus and the Gospel’s description of Jesus’ Passover.

Deut. 4:10 “Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and
that they may teach their children.’

Psa. 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.

The Fear of the Lord, coming from learning of His awesome greatness, must so permeate an individual that he must want to learn more and more of Him and even recount the wonders He performed to all. And, the first blessing derived from the Fear of the Lord is wisdom, a highly prized commodity, which needs, at least, the whole book of Proverbs to begin to plumb its depths. And, as wisdom and understanding become part of a person’s life, he finds that he knows more than his teachers and employers. Inside, he feels that sense of awe growing in power.

What Is Required of Humans

Mic. 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

One of the most potent verses in the Bible defines human relationship with Our Father in Heaven. Fear of God gives a person that attitude by which he will want to know how to demonstrate his awe of the One and only Creator. But, Micah 6:8 speaks in general terms; Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 spell out what justice, love and humility are. The deep longing of those awe-struck of Our Father in Heaven ardently desire to please their loving Father. So, they want to know the Ten Commandments of love and honor, and even more so want to obey them to the fullest.

Deut. 10:12 ¶ “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God re-quire from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul,
Deut. 10:13 and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?
Deut. 10:20 “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.
Deut. 10:21 “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.

When we think on these awesome things Our Father in Heaven has done, the power of the Fear of God drives away dread and worry and leaves us filled with love.

Don’t Worry about It

Once the Fear of God envelops a person, he realizes all his striving for this or that becomes irrelevant.

Psa. 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

How people strive for wealth, health, and control! But, when a person understands that no matter what he strives for, God will be exalted and worshipped. For, He is the Creator and Life-giver. None can create an elephant, much less a universe; so stop striving and working so hard, for it is vanity.

Seek to serve and worship Our Father in Heaven and all the things pagans strive for will be given. Don’t worry. Forgetaboutit!

Matt. 6:31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
Matt. 6:32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Matt. 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

When awestruck by the power and love Our Father in Heaven has for people, they must give up their willful striving, which is akin to strife (conflict). Therefore, instead of strife with the Almighty Creator of heaven and Earth, those who Fear the Lord develop a powerful urge to be at one with Him. Strife becomes peace because Jesus has defeated the one enemy of mankind and God, Satan.

1Pet. 5:6 ¶ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
1Pet. 5:7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Those four words, Fear of the Lord, bring about a profound and powerful effect in the lives of those who are awestruck and tremble at the Words of Our Father in Heaven.

Fear Lord so Not to Sin

No creature, human or demonic, can ever hope to overtly strive against the Almighty, and they know it. But, they can rebel by breaking the commandments. Not so, the ones who Fear the Lord! They realize that even the act of giving the Commandments demonstrated the power and love of Our Father in Heaven.

Ex. 20:18 ¶ All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.
Ex. 20:19 Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”
Ex. 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”

People exhibit fear and dread because of rebellion. People have Fear of the Lord because of love and loyalty because they will not sin. A person who fears the Lord shows the fear by being obedient instead of rebellious. Besides, rebellion leads to disasters, something to be really frightened of. Still, Our Father in Heaven wants awe not fear. Our Father in Heaven did not created the universe only to bring awe and trembling upon people, He did not demonstrate His power on the mountain only to bring awe and trembling upon the people. He wants the awe and trembling to translate to a way of life that brings joy and love, and peace.

Those who Fear the Lord have the power to obey the Ten Commandments. And, keeping the Commandments develops the power at work within, love.

Ex. 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”

Psa. 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The LORD hears when I call to Him.
Psa. 4:4 Tremble,
[7264. ragaz, raw-gaz´; a primitive root; to quiver (with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear)] and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Worship as Fear of the Lord

Now we need to examine the reverence and worship aspect of the Hebrew, hDa&Mac195;r&Mac246;y yir}ah. While the awesome power of Our Father in Heaven gives great impetus to keep ones self from sin, the negative, thou shalt not, produces less than an active form of thou shalt. Jesus explained that the first part of the Commandment is you shall love Our Father in Heaven with every fiber in one’s being. When one worships Our Father in prayer and keeping the Sabbath and Holy Days (the Passover, Pentecost and the others), one actively demonstrates Fear of the Lord. Awe transforms itself into adoration and giving glory.

Psa. 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Psa. 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him;
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.
Rev. 14:7 and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Only those who are spiritually powerful, who tremble at the Words of God, can come before Our Father in Heaven to give Him glory and thanksgiving in prayer and keeping His Sabbath and Holy Days.

Unite the Heart to Fear His Name

As we know the unity of Our Father in Heaven permeates the physical universe as well as the minds and hearts of believers, those who Fear His Name. As Our Father in Heaven teaches His People His Language and reveals His Mind, they become at one with Him and fear His Name.

Jer. 32:39 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.

Jesus, in fact, prayed for the unity of believers, who Fear Our Father in Heaven’s Name.

John 17:20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
John 17:21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
John 17:22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
John 17:23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

Love, fear and unity powerfully imbue believers with the Spiritual resources to be sons and daughters Our Father in Heaven.

Blessings for Fearing the Lord

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven instructs them in the ways of righteousness. He reveals His Ten Commandments, the ways of love. He teaches man what are His Holy Days and in these days reveals even more of Himself and His Ways.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven, He brings prosperity without the strife and struggle gaining and maintaining wealth often brings. He brings, a greater treasure, the prosperity of the Spirit, the Spiritual wealth, which can never be lost or stolen, but, grows infinitely.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven reveals the secrets hidden to all others. He explains how His Spirit gives man the power and love to imitate Jesus, His only begotten Son and His immutable ways. He opens the Book of His Words, which is Mind and gives these words to those who fear Him.

1Cor. 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.

Psa. 25:12 Who is the man who fears the LORD?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
Psa. 25:13 His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
Psa. 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven stores up the treasures of goodness to give to the believer and for the believer, in turn, to pass on to others. Among the blessings, of course, is the refuge only Our Father in Heaven can give.

Psa. 31:19 ¶ How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven’s eye is on them, to watch over them.

Psa. 33:18 ¶ Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
Psa. 33:19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
Psa. 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
Psa. 33:21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Psa. 33:22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven’s angels encamp about them, and they lack no good thing.

Psa. 34:9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
Psa. 34:10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven heaps the blessings of heaven, a listing of which would fill all the books on Earth, and fill them with power.

To those who Fear the Lord, Our Father in Heaven favors them with the sun of righteousness and brings speedy healing to every aliment. Fear of the Lord shines the light of His Words on believers and takes away all sin and disease. When ill, even thinking about Fear the Lord, much less calling out in worshipful prayer, swiftly allows the power of Our Father in Heaven’s healing through Jesus’ stripes to return the one in awe of the Father to normal health. Certainly a mighty answer to awesome prayer!

Love Trumps Fear

Over and over Our Father in Heaven and the Lord Jesus trumpet, fear not. It is Our Father in Heaven’s good pleasure to give the Kingdom to those who stand in awe and reverence of Him, His Name and His Way.

The Fear of the Lord can be summed up in one word — love!

1John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

If you want joy, wealth and health in your life, think it, say it, and do it. Fear the Lord.

In Jesus’ name,
God Bless,
Gil Kovacs