Reverence and the Fear of the Lord

  • Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
  • Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
  • Deuteronomy 8:6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.
  • Deuteronomy 13:4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

The fear of the Lord leads to life and keeps us untouched by trouble (Proverb 19:23). It is a fountain of life, turning us from the snares of death (Proverb 14:27). It adds length to life (Proverb 10:27). Through the fear of the Lord we avoid evil (Proverb 16:6). We are to always be zealous for the fear of the Lord (Proverb 23:17). We who fear the Lord, and who walk in obedience to Him, are blessed (Psalm 128:1). Psalm 33:8 states: “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him”.

We are to revere God (Psalm 22:23, 33:8). We are to revere His glory (Isaiah 59:19). We are to serve Him with reverence (Psalm 130:4). If we understood our covenant, we would revere Him and stand in awe of His name (Malachi 2:5).   Those who revere His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays (Malachi 4:2). We are asked to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1). Jesus was heard because of his reverent submission (Hebrews 5:7). If Jesus can be heard, so can we.

How to honor the Lord through reverence and fear of Him:
  1. Reverence is an attitude of the heart. We are to revere Christ as Lord in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15).
  2. Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4).
  3. Develop your reverence and fear of the Lord by obeying everything command you read in His Word. Obey His Spirit’s leading as well. Determine to live a life that honors Him (1 Peter 3:15).
  4. Worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). Psalm 5:7 states: “But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.” Pray in the Spirit as well.
  5. Assess your heart and determine if you have the fear of the Lord, if you have true reverence for Him. One way to determine this is when temptation comes. Do you even think of God in that moment or are you thinking what if I get caught? If you are low on reverence for the Lord, take concrete steps to change. Spend time praising and worshiping Him on your knees and humble yourself before Him.
  6. Serve Him with reverence. Whatever you do, let it honor Him.
  7. Live a holy life submitted to His Lordship. We are asked to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
  8. In reverent fear of God we are to submit to our masters, not only those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh (1 Peter 2:17-19, Colossians 3:22).
  9. We are to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21).
  10. Leviticus 19:30: “Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.”
  11. Crucify your flesh to submit to the Lord, to surrender to Him, not just in the things you want to but in every area of your life. God must come first. Matthew 10:37: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Call to action:
Take time this week to examine your own heart and determine if you really have the fear of the Lord. Does reverence for Him keep you from sin or do you walk right into sin? If it doesn’t keep you from it, you need to reassess your view of the Lord and start revering Him. If the fear of the Lord is keeping you from sin, spend time on your knees giving Him honor, praise and worship.