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having a worthy fear

Having a Worthy Fear

There are a lot of things to be afraid of in this life and in this world right now. It is easy to cave to fear, but fear is an awful taskmaster. When fear has you in its grip, it is difficult to rise above. Having a worthy fear – the fear of God – dispels all other fears. And the truth in God’s word sets us free, enabling us to live the righteous life God requires.

Bible Reading of the Day: Psalm 111-113

We are reading from the Psalms today and a little overview provided by the Easy English Bible commentary says:

Psalm 111 is about God’s righteousness. It is an acrostic Psalm and was likely written following after the exile.

Psalm 112 is about the righteousness of God’s man—the one God makes righteous. It is also an acrostic Psalm, with each line starting with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Psalm 113 is a special psalm that reminds us of God’s mercy.

Having a Worthy Fear—God’s Word is True

Today’s reading is a reminder that God’s word is true and fearing Him is the secret to a godly, blessed life.

Psalm 111:7-10

“The works of his hands are truth and justice;

all his instructions are trustworthy.

8 They are established forever and ever,

enacted in truth and in uprightness.

“He has sent redemption to his people.

He has ordained his covenant forever.

His name is holy and awe-inspiring.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his instructions have good insight.

His praise endures forever.”

  • Science is not greater than the timeless truths found in God’s word.
  • God’s precepts are true and man’s wisdom bows to God’s truth.

Having a Worthy Fear—Fearing God Above All Else

In Psalm 112 we see the fruit and reward for one who fears God:

  • He is happy. V. 1 “Hallelujah! Happy is the person who fears the Lord, taking great delight in his commands.”
  • His descendants will be powerful and blessed.  V. 2 “His descendants will be powerful in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”
  • He has his needs met.. V. 3 “Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.”

The one who fears God will also behave according to that fear, and walk in integrity, which leads us to the Scripture verses of the day.

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 112:5-9

“Good will come to the one who lends generously

and conducts his business fairly.

6 He will never be shaken.

The righteous one will be remembered forever.

7 He will not fear bad news;

his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.

8 His heart is assured; he will not fear.

In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

9 He distributes freely to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.

His horn will be exalted in honor.”

Application

  • When we fear God, we don’t need to fear anything or anyone else.

There is fear everywhere today, trying to distract us from the strength we truly have in Christ. Don’t forfeit courage to lesser fears. Trust in God and fear Him only!

  • Trust in God’s word. It is still applicable to our lives today. It is truth we desperately need.

7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan

Day #270: Psalm 111-113

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 112:5-9

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Ps.111

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