The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 19:21-29 Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand. What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth. Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge. He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son. Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity. Judgments are prepared for scoffers,And blows for the back of fools.
Much of Christendom loathes the idea of fearing the Lord in our day and age. Rather than fearing God, we hear things like “Jesus is my best friend; My God doesn't want me to fear Him; My God is full of grace, not wrath; He is nice, unlike that mean O.T. God.” As a result of having no fear of God before their eyes, many Christians find themselves tainted with the stench of sin and death, as they increasingly give approval to things that God hates. Fear of God is often replaced by the fear of man, and a compromise with sin.
The proverb this morning states that “The fear of the Lord leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.”
One way we show that we do not fear God is by the company we sometimes keep. God’s word is clear that light cannot fellowship with darkness, and that bad company corrupts good morals. As Christians we know these things to be true, but instead of fearing God and obeying our Lord, we fear man and compromise with responses like: “I am going to be salt and light towards this person”, or “ they need to have a good godly example set for them”, in the end we find ourselves behaving more like our ungodly companions than Christ, and are the ones tainted with sin.
Another way we show no fear of God before our eyes is by the things we allow into our minds. Scriptures says we are to meditate on the things above, things that are good, pure, and of good report, and to allow no worthless thing to come before our eyes. It was just one glance, or one scene, that came before my eyes. It was just one daydream about a person not my spouse, or, it was just one blaspheme of God’s name in that movie. And on, and on we make excuses for our compromise with sin, you know, the thing God HATES, and it’s because we often times do not fear the Lord. Scripture says that the Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. God help us when we compromise. Let us confess our sins to Him who can forgive.
Heavenly Father, please grant us repentant hearts and help us to fear You rather than man, and to be satisfied with You and the salvation You gave us through Your son. Lord, please forgive us for the compromises we make with sin, which lead us to be tainted with evil. Father, we truly are like sheep, and often wander away from Your safety and provision in search of comforts and pleasures from people and things of this world. Please forgive us for not fearing You, for not believing the promises of refuge, joy, and peace found in Your Son Jesus. Please be merciful towards us Lord, and restore to us the joy of Your salvation and sustain us with a willing spirit. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Listen now to the comforting assurance of the grace of God, promised in the gospel to all that believe:
Romans 6:8-11 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
To all those who thus repent and seek Jesus Christ for their salvation, your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
Lift up your hearts!
(From the June 24, 2018 liturgy of Sovereign King Church. Written by Aaron Sabie.)