Thursday, May 11, 2006

Awed by a View of God's Majesty

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 1:7). Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God's majesty, that has had a vision of God's awful greatness, His ineffable holiness, His perfect righteousness, His irresistible power, His sovereign grace. Does someone say,"But it is only the unsaved, those outside of Christ, who need to fear God"? Then the sufficient answer is that the saved, those who are in Christ, are admonished to work out their own salvation with "fear and trembling." Time was when it was the general custom to speak of a believer as a "God-fearing man." That such an appellation has become nearly extinct only serves to show whither we have drifted. Nevertheless, it still stands written, "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" (Psalm 103:13).

When we speak of godly fear, of course we do not mean a servile fear, such as prevails among the heathen in connection with their gods. No, we mean that spirit which Jehovah is pledged to bless, that spirit to which the prophet referred when he said, "To this man will I (the Lord) look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word" (Isa. 66:2). It was this the apostle had in view when he wrote, "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king" (I Pet: 2:17). And nothing will foster this godly fear like a recognition of the Sovereign Majesty of God."

-A.W. Pink


Anonymous Vee said...

Good post, if God is trully Holy, then to be struck with awe at His Holiness is fear isn't it.

Awe means reverential fear, dread mixed with veneration.

Psa 33:8 Let all the earth fear Jehovah; let all those living in the world stand in awe of Him.

Pro 28:14 Blessed is a man who is in awe constantly! But he who hardens his heart falls into evil.

Mal 2:5 My covenant with him was life and peace, and I gave them to him for fear; and he feared Me, and he is put in awe before My name.

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