by Sis Melanie Azurin
Psalms 128:1-2 – “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you”.
When we are afraid to someone, we usually stay away from that person right? Or if we have fear of doing something, we tend not to do it or get away from it. We are not giving ourselves a chance to validate if that someone or something must be feared of. And if this continues, we’ll eventually end up having fear forever. How does it feel to have fear forever? Of course, there is discomfort, and anxiety.
But it’s totally different when we have fear to the Lord. When you say “fear of the Lord” in the bible it means respect, awe, submission or reverence. And in the above text, the word fear here doesn’t mean that we are driving away from the Lord but instead it’s a condition wherein we take refuge in Him. How? By walking in His ways! Because of this fear that we have for the Lord, we continue trusting in His steadfast love and faithfulness in our lives. And through this, we can keep His commandments, we can abide in His laws that are so perfect, and walk in the path towards Him. Why should we? Because there is a great reward of fearing the Lord as it says in verse 2 “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed and it shall be well with you.” How do we fear the Lord then?
As genuine Christians, let’s fear the Lord with trembling as we journey every day. Let this fear draw us more near to God, trusting Him and taking refuge in His mighty ways! This is for our joy!