What does it mean to fear God? In this Laodicean day within which we live most would have no idea of this concept. It really shows how far we have come as a people to so quickly forget about a righteous fear of our Almighty Maker.
In order to fear God we must first know him. I do not mean know of Him. I mean a true Biblical sense of knowing God and communing with him. We cannot truly fear God unless we walk so close to him that our hearts and minds are open to his speaking. Only then can see God in his holiness, mercy, grace, righteousness, and power.
Moses only saw the hinder parts of God’s glory any more and he would have died (Exodus 33:18-23). When he appeared before Abram he fell on his face (Genesis 1-3). The apostle John fell at his feet as dead when he saw him (Revelation 1:17). Yet, we say very nonchalant tonight, “Oh yes, I fear God!”, but are our lives any different as a result? If not we have no fear of God.
David was a man aft God’s own heart. If we are to fear God than that must be said of us. Again, one cannot fear God unless he knows His heart. David knew that THE LORD was his creator, judge, and executioner (Psalm 26; 51). Because David had a realistic view about God he feared him and worshipped him in that manner.
The fear of The Lord brought many joys to David throughout his life. Because of the fear of The Lord he had no fear of the things around him (Psalm 3), he did not want because of the fear of The Lord (Psalm 34), and he was wise because of the fear of The Lord (Psalm 34).
If we are to truly fear The Lord as he wants to be feared then we need to make David’s prayer of Psalm 51 as our own, and see ourselves as we really are, not the reflection our flesh tells us we see.
1. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.