O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him, there is no want.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of the Lord always.
So what do we do? I don't always agree with Eugene Peterson, but he is right on the mark here:
"So what do we do, given our launch into this life following Jesus? 'Fear the LORD, you his saints' (Ps. 34:9). Fear-of-the-Lord is not studying about God but living in reverence before God."
"Fear-of-the-Lord is the best term we have to point to this way of life we cultivate as Christians."
"The primary way in which we cultivate fear-of-the-Lord is in prayer and worship--personal prayer and corporate worship. We deliberately interupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to God. . . . We become silent and still in order to listen and respond to what is Other than us. . . . Prayer and worship provide the base."
Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places
Our goal: Holiness and Fear-of-the-Lord, cultivated by personal prayer and corporate worship.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006