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The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is a crucial part of our relationship with the Lord. There are many scriptures in the Bible concerning the fear of the Lord and its benefits. I found 4 verses that say the fear of the Lord leads to wisdom. The book of Proverbs also tells us that the fear of the Lord prolongs life, provides protection, good sleep, health, prevents sin, brings blessings and much more. In addition, we are told that God will reveal His secrets to those who fear Him (Ps 25:14) and that He also takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Ps 145:11). In Malachi 4:2 we learn that, “For you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings”.
So, what is the fear of the Lord? We know it does not mean to be afraid of God. The Amplified Classic Bible gives some helpful definitions of godly fear for example in Proverbs 1:7 it says that the fear of the Lord involves, “worshipping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome” Fearing God includes awe, reverence, respect, honour and worship. I believe that if we truly fear the Lord, it would also include trust and obedience. Did you know that Heb 5:7 says that God heard the prayers of Jesus because of His godly fear?
The message Bible says to “always live in the fear of the Lord” (Prov 23:17) and that is advice worth following which will bring untold benefits.

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