Good day People of GOD 🙂
Today we will be looking at Psalm 34: 9, where the Psalmist says that those who fear GOD will lack no good thing, even though young lions may lack and hunger.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Fear the LORD. Why? Those who fear GOD lack nothing.
What are the things people usually fight for? What are the things people usually kill for? What are the things people desire so much that they can do ANYTHING to get it?
Power. Prosperity. Influence. Riches & wealth. Children. A family. A wife or husband. Fulfilment. Good Clothes. Good food and drink. Among many other things.
Yet, GOD says if you fear HIM, you would not lack these things and other good things. This is even more so in light of Matthew 6:33 where you are encouraged to seek first the things of GOD’s Kingdom, and HIS Righteousness. And all these things (that other people kill and die for) SHALL be added unto you.
How do you fear GOD? The Oxford English Dictionary gives the impression that fearing someone means you are frightened of them. You probably fear their reaction when you do or don’t do something. I think you fear someone out of deep respect for them. You know they would not be happy if you do something that they deem wrong. You would not do it no matter how tempted you are to do it. You know they would be happy if you do something. You would do this thing JUST TO MAKE THEM HAPPY. This is how you fear GOD. Even when it is inconvenient, or difficult, or awkward to do the right thing, you go right ahead to do it because it will make GOD happy. Essentially, the fear of the LORD is to hate evil. However, you should not fear GOD because you are afraid HE will punish you or because you are afraid of the consequences. As mentioned above, you should fear GOD because you have a deep love and respect for HIM.
GOD’s Commandments are not grievous (1 John 5: 3). However, there are times when your flesh wants to do something else that is not the right thing. Everyone has an internal monitor- called ‘conscience’- that tells you that if you follow your fleshly desires, GOD would not be happy. However, if you would refrain from doing that thing just to please GOD, you fear HIM and are obedient to HIM.
Of course, this is sometimes not easy. In fact 99% of the time, you have to make difficult choices, in our world of today. There are more avenues to sin against GOD than there existed 100 years ago, because of technology, democracy, human rights, etc. There is more moral decadence than before. People forget that GOD is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13: 8), and if societal values has changed, GOD cannot change. But, if you understand that pleasing Awesome JEHOVAH GOD is all that matters, it would not matter if it is inconvenient or unpleasant, you would please GOD.
You need the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT in order to live a pure and righteous life according to GOD’s Standards. Isaiah says in chapter 11, verse 2 that the HOLY SPIRIT is the Spirit of the Fear of GOD. Thus, to please GOD all the time, you have to be empowered with the HOLY SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT is also the Spirit of Divine Wisdom (Isaiah 11: 2). Only the HOLY SPIRIT can empower you to fear GOD as it is impossible to do it all on your own, or through your flesh/effort. When you serve GOD faithfully,
23“They will not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, and their descendants with them. 24“It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
Only the Fear of the LORD can make this happen.
In addition, Angels of Divine Protection encamps around those who fear Awesome GOD, and deliver them from all evil (Psalm 34: 7). Fantastic. The word ‘encamps’ means that they are there permanently, surrounding a Child of GOD who fears GOD, and lives a righteous life according to GOD’s Standards. These Angels do not do anything on a whim. This is why the Psalmist says that GOD will bless the righteous and with Divine Favour will HE surround him with a shield (Psalm 5: 12). These angels are there to protect you. Why? Because you fear GOD, and these Angels deliver you from death (Ps 23: 4), and from all evil (Ps 91: 9-13).
Finally, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9: 10). If you are wise, you would fear GOD.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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