Just south of Braemar.
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The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

Psalm 19:9 (NASB)

Today’s verse in Psalm 19 picks up where we finished with how the Word of God enlightens us in verse 8 (The Spirit Level). Verse 9 starts off in the fear of the Lord; an attitude/lifestyle we can learn from studying the Word of God – it can be found throughout all the Bible. The fear spoken of in God’s Word is not the fear that we receive from the world, which is all about control and oppression. The fear (yirâh) of the Lord is about loving and revering Almighty God; it is the foundation on which our faith in God stands.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.
Psalm 5:7

In the first clause of the verse we find two characteristics of the fear of the Lord. First, it is clean – pure and holy to cleanse us and make us holy before God our Father. Second, it endures forever – it is with us for eternity, cleansing us in His presence.

God’s Words are our holy vitamins for life, building us up in the fear of the Lord, that we may serve Him in His strength. This is why the “judgments of the Lord are true” – they lead us to the One who is faithful and infinitely perfect in all His ways. The last clause of the verse “they are righteous altogether” puzzled me a bit, until I found out that “altogether” (yachad) really refers to a singular unit or united parts. The Bible is sixty-six books, but together they make a unit – the infallible Word of God. The whole Bible tells the story of God’s righteousness throughout eternity.

Dear reader, do you worship and serve God in the fear of the Lord? Do you revere Him as we read our Bible, learning more of His righteousness? He is our Father, our source of all wisdom – and His Word is our source too, that we may draw closer to Him. Thus, we see again more benefits of reading the Bible regularly!

NOTE: To go deeper in this subject I recommend a good audio video on the subject of the fear of the Lord by Derek Prince, which can be found HERE.


9 thoughts on “The Source

  1. reverence…ah, yes, that terrible word lol

    i once spent some time teaching the children about the importance of reverence – how God wants us to know we can come close to Him, but that He is still God

    i talked about how we also needed to show reverence when we were in church which is about entering or leaving in a calm and respectful manner – in order to upset others and to give them the time they needed with God

    i thought that was pretty innocent stuff…but, hoo boy!

    the next Sunday: “how dare you tell my child to shut up in church and be seen and not heard”

    the funny thing was the amount of stuff that I had said…that i would never say

    all of that is a true story!

    Andy B

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    1. Wow Andy, that sounds like pride at work in that parent rather than loving fellowship. You can guarantee Satan was rubbing his hands in glee at that. But more importantly God knew your heart for Him.

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