Being Fearless Begins With Fear

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

Psalm 111-112

fearlessI know I’ve said this plenty of times before, but I love the Psalms. In today’s reading we have two short Psalms that seem to go hand in hand. I don’t know enough about the canonization process or about the history of these Psalms to know if it’s on purpose or not, but they fit really well together.

 

Psalm 111 talks about some of the wonderful things that God does:

3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.

 

Then this Psalm ends with one of the best bits of advice in all of God’s Word:

10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

 

Fear, of course, doesn’t mean that we should be afraid of God (though it’s easy to see how an all-powerful God could inspire fear); rather, it means that we should have such awe and respect for God that we surrender to Him.

 

Following right behind it is Psalm 112, which talks about what a life that follows verse 10 looks like.

1 Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.

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6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.

7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.

 

If we have a healthy fear of God our life will be blessed..

  • unshaken..
  • eternal..
  • FEARLESS..
  • steadfast..
  • trusting..
  • secure..
  • FEARLESS (again)..
  • charitable..
  • honored.

 

This is what a life of surrender looks like.
Does this describe your life?
If not, what areas of your life could you still surrender to God?

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