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According to the Fear That Is Due Thee

November 26, 2018

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According to the Fear That Is Due Thee

People don’t like  to experience fear  of any sort.     With that in mind,  there are many churches  that have stopped preaching the law  or anything to do  with giving the LORD the respect and worship  that is due  to His almighty being.     In an effort  to gain a greater membership,  many churches will only preach words  of comfort,  love,  joy, and eternal happiness.

Moses,  who knew a great deal  about the true love and mercy  of the LORD,  would be appalled  at all the false implications  that are preached today.     None of us have had a relationship  with the LORD  like Moses had.     Deuteronomy 34:10   tells us,

Since then no prophet has risen  in Israel  like Moses,  whom the LORD knew  face to face.

From that verse,  we can learn  that Moses had a very valid reason  for all the respect,  honor,  and worship  that he gave to the LORD.     Knowing the LORD  “face to face”  was  more than just  an awesome experience.     That should tell us  that if we were to actually know the LORD  “face to face”  like Moses did,  we would also be put  in our place — to learn to honestly  respect,  honor,  and worship the LORD  in a right relationship.

If we truly knew the LORD  “face to face”,  we would be ashamed and embarrassed  about the world’s sinful attitude about only being chums or bosom buddies  of various sorts.     We need to know God rightfully  as our Creator,  Sustainer,  Redeemer,  Savior,  Shepherd,  King,  Father,  LORD,  Judge,  and the many other relationships rightfully described  in God’s word.

Psalm 90 was written by Moses  and there he describes our relationship  with the LORD.     Yes,  God is merciful and He shows us a most tender and intimate lovingkindness,  but we do need  to have the greatest respect and honor that is due  to God’s almighty holiness and power  over our being.     That is why  in Psalm 90:11,  Moses sang,

Who understands the power  of Thine anger,   
And Thy fury,  according to the fear  that is due Thee?

As we are so greatly influenced  by this sinful world  and its nonchalant attitude,  we can easily lose our sensibility regarding the absolute greatness  of God Almighty.     That puts us  in the dangerous position  of becoming disrespectful and of  not honestly worshiping the LORD.     It means we won’t learn  to know God  for who He really is and  that we are cutting ourselves off  from knowing the depths  of His eternal love  for us.

We are God’s creation  and we are to always remember that.     God has control  over our lives,  so it is necessary  to respect His authority.     In all of our life’s experiences,  God is wanting  to teach us the truths  of His love and salvation  in Christ Jesus.     That is why it is so vital  to learn  to trust in Him  with the appropriate respect,  and honor,  and worship.

Because it is so important for us  to learn  about the power  of God’s anger and fury,  with his whole heart,  Moses prays  in Psalm 90:12,

So teach us  to number our days,   
That we may present  to Thee  a heart of wisdom.

We cannot let the world dumb us down  about the reality  of God  and His power  to judge us  regarding our faith,  hope,  and love.     We need God  to teach us His wisdom  in how we should live each day  of our lives.     God’s word is open  to us all.     Let us respectfully learn  to fear and love the LORD,  so that we don’t have to be ashamed  of anything  on Judgment Day.

Trusting in our heavenly Father  to guide us  in learning  to rightly know Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  open my eyes,  and ears,  and heart  to truly know You  in the right way,  so that my whole life will honor You  for all that You do for me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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