Written by: Tim Wood
This Psalm teaches us what to do when life gets confusing or crazy. In verses 1-3, we learned that we should praise the Lord at all times. In verses 4-8, we learned that we should seek the Lord, we should be aware that His presence is always with us. Today, we are going to learn what it means to fear the Lord as we focus on verses 9 – 16.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him - to be captivated by him. People who stand in awe of God “lack nothing” in life. Isn’t that wonderful? Do you believe that? In verse 11, David invited us to learn the details of fearing the Lord. “Come, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (v.11).
First, fearing the Lord is to desire what is good (v.12). Fearing the Lord is desiring a full life, an abundant life. This is not a life of possessions, status or fame. But it’s a life of character, faith and a desire to honor the Lord.
Second, fearing the Lord is to speak what is true (v.13). The Word of God is truth. God’s word will keep me from telling lies or believing lies and falling for evil ways. Fearing God is living in the truth of His word.
Third, fearing the Lord is to pursue what is right (v.14). The word pursue means we are going after the peace and goodness of God. Pursue conveys the idea of aiming our life and our efforts at the greatness of God.
Lastly, fearing the Lord is to know what is best (v.15). Knowing that God is watching us and listening to us is the best. We don’t need to worry or fear because the eyes of God are on us. The ears of God are open to us. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26). If God is watching over the birds; you can be sure He is watching over you.
The lesson is clear. When life is confusing and crazy stand in awe of the Lord. Don’t fear what life gives you, fear what God has given you. He gives us what is good, true, right and best. Thank you God!
Prayer: Lord God, when I stand in awe of you I lack nothing in my life. Fearing you brings full blessing into my life. Since your eyes and ears are on me, I do not need to be afraid. AMEN.