Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No Fear!

 1The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
 2For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
 3The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
 4He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
 5Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
 6Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 

No Fear!

Is it good to have fear? Our modern day hero is often painted as one who has no fear, but is that necessarily a good thing? I often wondered how my children ever made it to the age of four; it seemed as though their lack of fear continually propelled them right into the paths of danger.

Fear in and of itself is neither good nor bad; it is the object of that fear that makes all of the difference. Verses 1 through 4 of Psalm 36 describe one who has no fear of God; he is consumed by wickedness and deceit.

Apart from the grace of God, that is exactly where each of us finds ourselves! Apart from the fear of God, man is led by the foolishness of his own heart, and is consumed by wickedness and evil desires. Man was not so very different in the days of David than he is today. But, David did not end Psalm 36 with verse 4; he continued:

5Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
 6Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.


God's mercy reaches down into the very depths of the hearts of men, and reveals His righteousness and truth. By the grace of God, fear is born: fear of God. Man's heart is filled with the knowledge of God's truth; his way is lit by the light of righteousness. 

What an amazing God we serve; He certainly could have left us in the depths of our depravity and despair, but through the death of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, God opened the gateway to Himself. Through the blood of Christ, the debt of our sin has been paid, and our hearts are filled with the righteousness of God.

A life of no fear, especially no fear of God, is a horrifying thing. Let us pray that, by the grace of God, our hearts will be filled with the fear of God, and that our lives will be spent in loving and serving Him all of the days He has granted to us on this earth!

God Bless You,
Linda

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