Psa 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Today has been another migraine down day for me. 😦 While it is a bit frustrating for me to feel useless and weak, the Lord is using it to keep me humble and give me time with Him. (Mom was reminding me that these headaches are probably my thorn in the flesh and are serving the same purpose as Paul’s in 2 Cor 12:7-10.) So, today the Lord has had me meditating on the fear of the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord?
In Hebrew there are two words used in reference to fearing the Lord pachad and yirah. Pachad refers to terror or dread. Yirah refers to reverence, awe, and trembling before the power of the Almighty God. What I found interesting is the context in which these two words are used. Pachad, when used to describe the fear of the Lord, explains the fear of people who walk in rebelliousness and sin should have. It is the dread of God’s wrath. A few examples…
2Chr 19:6 and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the LORD. He is with you in giving judgment. 7 Now then, let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, or partiality or taking bribes.”
2Ch 20:29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
Yirah is always used to explain how God’s people should view Him. It is a fear not driven by dread, but by awe. Awe of the power of the Almighty God. This awe, respect, reverence is the driving force behind surrendering ourselves to His use. He is so great and powerful that it only makes sense for us to surrender. While there still is an element of trembling fear at His power and His punishment of sin, as believers Jesus’ blood has covered us and removed our sin. We need not walk in the fear, or pachad, of His wrath. A few examples of yirah…
Psalm 19:9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
Pro 14:26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
What changes our pachad to yirah? I believe that change comes from knowing God. When we understand the character of God, His position of authority in our lives, and His love for us, we no longer dread Him. Instead, we long for Him and are in awe of who He is! We may fear disappointing Him, but it is the awe of His power and love for us turns our hearts from evil and draws them near to God.
Pro 16:6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.
Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
In other news, last weekend we had another ladies fellowship at church where we got to work on our baskets again. Court and I are both very slow at it, but we had fun! We also were blessed to have a couple of girls nights with our sweet friend Hannah and her cousin Elizabeth this week. Both of them have been a blessing and encouragement to our hearts!
At the hospital it has been a slow weeks, but it has given everyone time to get use to the new forms. Thank you all for your prayers in that! We had a meeting with some of the nurses today to go over them and allow them to ask questions. So far everyone says they have found them helpful and made their work easier. Also, for the most part, everyone has been using them correctly, which is really exciting for us!
I also taught a class on neonatal resuscitation last Monday. It was brief, but we will probably go over things again and have more practice in the coming weeks. I put some pictures below for you to enjoy from the last week.