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What Is the FEAR OF THE LORD?

GODLY FEAR, the Fear of the Lord, is to love and to respect God; to reverence Him and to obey His Word.  When we have the fear of the Lord, God will bless us, protect us, and deliver us from all our worldly fears!

Psalm 19:9 states “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever”, and Ps34:4, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

In looking over my last four posts I can easily make myself fearful!  I had written about fear and tribulation; then I reblogged posts from blogger friends in Israel who heard sirens go off as missiles and rockets were launched, some directed to Tel Aviv.  And how are my 4 friends from Hawaii who recently arrived there as tourists holding up?  The last words I spoke to one of them was, “Now is not a good time to visit Israel.

Anna told about how she and other students at Tel Aviv University had to evacuate to the campus bomb shelters: http://tumbleweedintelaviv.wordpress.com

So this is when I, too, have to remind myself about the ‘Fear Nots‘ in the Bible!  When afraid for yourself or others, STOP AND PRAY!  Look to God’s Holy Word, the Psalms especially, for comfort and reassurance.  These are more words from David, the Psalmist and his prayers for help from God:

The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27:1)

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.(Psalm 5:1-3)

David, prayed in Psalm 61:1-3 (NIV):

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

Psalm 91 is one of my favorite Psalms:

1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  

2.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in him will I trust.

3.  Surely he shall deliver thee  from the snare of the fowler and from the noisesome pestilence.

4.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor the arrow that flieth by day,

6.  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9.   Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone… 

13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet…

14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:  I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  

15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Vs 14 is the key to conquering our fears- to have a LOVE relationship with God who is our Father in heaven.  God says BECAUSE we love Him, He will deliver us.  Vs 15 tells us that He will HEAR AND ANSWER US for that reason.  This is what the fear of God is all about- loving God with our whole heart and honoring His name, giving Him the reverence due to the Holy God that He is.

Finally, we must always remember this scripture, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but (the Spirit) of power, and of love, and of  a sound mind.” (2Tim1:7)

Whom Shall I Fear? Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?

Psalm 27:1 and 14 tell us:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
There are more Than 365 “Fear Not’s” in the Bible!
In ‘David, A Man After God’s Heart’ eBook, Chapter 4 (9-18-2012 post), I said in the introduction:
“. . .This past Sunday, the visiting preacher told us that God said “Fear not” 366 times in the Bible, which is like God saying that to us EVERY DAY, including leap year, knowing that we need to be reminded daily.  God loves us so much and is our GREATEST ENCOURAGER, so we really should spend more time letting Him speak to us from the Bible, imparting His Truth, Wisdom and Knowledge to us that we can apply to our lives.

There are numerous  Fear Nots in the Bible, even more than 1 per day of the year or for every day of our lives.  The number of times “Fear Not” is stated in the Bible differs with the various translations, but nonetheless, God speaks these actual words “Fear not” and similar expressions such as, “Don’t be afraid.”  He encourages us in many ways not to fear, but to trust Him.

In the Soul Shepherding website, http://www.soulshepherding.org/2010/07/fear-not-365-days-a-year/ the article says ‘Fear Not!  365 Days A Year’, that there are 103 Fear Nots in KJV, but over 500 references to ‘fear’ alone, not counting those scriptures that deal with worry and anxiety.  What this means is that the Bible is a rich source of words of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement in coping with our fears and anxieties.

Someone wrote that if God said Fear not ONLY ONCE, he would be satisfied and happy with that!  Others have Googled and said that they can find only half as many Fear nots of the 365 in the link I mentioned.  I suppose they were looking for the words, “Fear not.”  I don’t recommend trying to count  the “Fear nots” because you will lose count as I did.  I began counting other words God spoke besides “Fear not” that mean the same thing, about not being afraid.  Besides, there are many  examples in the Bible of God’s faithfulness that teach us not be fearful, but to trust in God alone.

These are just a few of my favorite scriptures where God says “Fear Not”:

“Let not your heart be troubled ..”  (John 14:1)

“Call unto me and I will answer you..”   (Jer 33:3)

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”  (Phil 4:6 AMP)

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers..” (Psalm 37:1)

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee..”  (Joshua 1:9b)

“.. lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”  (Mt 28:20)

“..If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31b)

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Tim 1:7)

Jesus said,  “. . . I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  (Heb 13:5).

The only thing I can think to be fearful of is NOT KNOWING JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND NOT HAVING GOD AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER;  to not know of God’s loving kindness and tender mercies; to not know that there is a blessed hope for all those who trust in Him; to not know where you will spend eternity and that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.

So the answer to the questions, “Whom Shall I Fear?  Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?” is FEAR GOD, this ‘FEAR’ meaning to reverence and honor God, and He will help you with all of your ‘fears’, whatever they be.

 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  (Proverbs 1:7)