We are getting close to the end of our study on the fear of the Lord. What we have been talking about so far is all good and well, but there should be a goal. This sounds worldly, but let me give you a quote from John Piper which describes what I mean: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him” and so what will the fear of the Lord bring?
It Will Bring Life
“The fear of the LORD leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” (Proverbs 19:23)
“The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.” (Proverbs 10:27)
“In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge.” (Proverbs 14:26)
Riches, Honor, and Life
“The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4)
“O fear the LORD, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.” (Psalm 34:9)
“The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.” (Psalm 25:14)
“He will bless those who fear the LORD, The small together with the great.” (Psalm 115:13)
I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty awesome. To be untouched by evil, to have no want, to know the secrets of the Lord, to receive blessing. But it must be said as well that fear should always be accompanied by humility, and so this all sounds great, but it should all be to give glory to God.