The Fear of the Lord #4 – The Development

Now that we have established a basic framework for the fear of the Lord, by knowing what it means, why God commands it and why it is important, let’s get our hands dirty and start putting it into practice. How do you develop a fear of the Lord? Theory is important, but like faith, without works it is dead. Going to see a classical orchestra every day for two years straight does not make you a musician, right?!

The fear of the Lord comes through the Word of God. This is displayed in Deuteronomy 31:10-13, where it says “Then Moses commanded them, saying, at the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law. Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.

The purpose of hearing the Word is that you may learn to fear the Lord. Yet we need to hear and/or read everything, we cannot be selective, because “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Yet we should not only read or hear the Word of God, we should also meditate on it. We should heed the words from God to Joshua, to which He said: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8). This meditation on the Word creates a delight in the Word, as we read in Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” This meditation will lead to a life of repentance and walking in His ways, according to Psalm 4:4 we should “tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed. and be still” and this meditation means to “meditate on [His] precepts and regard [His] ways” (Psalm 119:15).

In short, without reading, studying, meditation and prayer of and over Scriptures it is impossible to fear the Lord. It starts with the Word.

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